5 Facts About Stilettos You Never Knew

"Shoes like these shouldn’t be locked in a closet. They should be living a life of scandal, and passion,” exclaims Cameron Diaz in In Her Shoes

If shoes elicit the same effects of a drug in women, stilettos would be some high octane crack cocaine. We know you love your heels, but did you know these things about them?

1. Stilettos possibly started as chopines, or high-heel platforms made famous by Venetian aristocrats and courtesans, and they soon became a symbol of wealth and status. Height? 20 inches! Women often needed aides to support them in these.

 

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2. King Louis XIV started wearing red heels that were only allowed for nobility - that also meant they were a one way ticket to the guillotine! Today, Christian Louboutin’s trademark red soles spell status.

 Click on the image to own these pair of Christian Louboutin Black Rolando Leather Pumps With Platform.

Click on the image to own these pair of Christian Louboutin Black Rolando Leather Pumps With Platform.

3. Salvatore Ferragamo is usually credited with inventing the stiletto heel, and he meant serious business: he studied human anatomy to learn how to create the most comfortable shoes by distributing body weight over the arch of the foot. He patented an internal support made of steel, the shank, which made them lightweight but strong.

 Click on the image to own these Ferragamo Peep toes

Click on the image to own these Ferragamo Peep toes

4. Tamara Mellon, founder and president of Jimmy Choo admitted to wearing 115 mm heels all day long. “Stilettos are a woman’s best kept secret as they miraculously make you look toned,” she says.

 Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

5. Did you know Louboutin’s creations have been inspired by Indian mythology and their celebration of colour? One of his shoes resembled Lord Arjuna sitting on a bird, holding on to its claws.