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Women Love Fabulous shoes
Women Loves Fabulous shoes and men are thankful
What is it about women and high heel shoes? Yes I know, a lot of men love to see women strutting their stuff, hips swaying as they balance precariously on their six inches plus heels. However, for the women, it's much more than that.
By the time we take our first tentative steps into toddler-hood, we're already dreaming of high stepping into our mother's high heeled shoes. Girls love shoes, inside every girly girl, there is an Imelda Marcos trying to get out.
To a greater or lesser degree, the Imelda syndrome is coded in our genes, we cannot walk past a great pair of shoes, without the feeling that it is shouting at us for, a real home.
Red high heel shoes, white high heel shoes, black high heel shoes, yellow, navy, gold, nude, bling or no bling, classy shoes, sassy shoes, tarty shoes, party shoes, even nasty shoes. Platforms, with or without heels, shoes come in all shapes and sizes, every colour of the rainbow and then some.
High Heels Short Men
Shoes give height and stature to the women lacking height, but it is not a height thing. Tall women, short women, we are all passionate about our fabulous shoes and killer heels. Tall women with shorter partners usually go flat so as not to eclipse their Napoleons. Invariably, this only last as long as the couple stays together.
It's a sure sign that the relationship is in trouble when the women make the emphatic statement by reclaiming her heels and are seen teetering on the highest pair of killer heels she can find. As the newspapers were so keen to point out, the wives of the handsome but diminutive vertically challenged Mr Cruise, went back to their heels as soon as their marriages crashed into the proverbial rocks.
Teenage Lust For Heels
As a relatively tall teenager, of 5' 10, like all my mates, I lusted after my first pair of high heels, sadly, most of my friends tended to be of average height for the time, 5' 5 to 5' 7'. Inevitable, I felt that I was towering awkwardly above everyone, and would only wear flats or court shoes with 2.5-inch heels. I even tried wearing dainty little kitten heels, well it was dainty before I got my not so dainty size eight hoofs into them.
None too soon, those awkward teenage years was gone, I realised that being tall also had its advantages.
I discovered fashion, yes.... fashion with a capital 'F', fishnets, fun and fantasy, seamed stockings designed with long legs in mind.
I wore long dresses with slits up to the hilt, designed for the taller frame, mini skirts, anything that will showcase fabulous long legs, which I displayed to perfection, or so I was told, always with show-stopping killer heels that gave that extra va.. va.. voom effect. And so my love affair with the high heels and gorgeous shoes began.
Of course, that was a long time ago, the shoe has been revolutionized, heels are higher, designs are more like engineering. So when did our love affair with shoes began?
Shoes, A Brief History
Drawings from over 15,000 years ago that found in a Spanish cave showed humans wearing fur and animal skins wrapped around their feet. From these primitive feet coverings, the shoe has evolved into high-end fashion wear. High tech engineering of athletic trainers and other types of specialised shoes made by manufacturers such as Nike and Jordan are must haves.
From very modest beginnings the humble shoe, although still Fulfilling its original function, to protect and comfort the human foot, as he goes about his daily business, has become so much more.
We use our shoes as a sign of wealth and good taste, or not, as the case may be. Shoes are not only practical; it is decoration for our feet. Modern shoes vary in style complexity and cost. Our shoes today are designed for a particular purpose, we wear special shoes for running, shoes for walking, boots for climbing mountains, for walking in snow. We have specialised footwear for sailing, even shoes to improve our posture and shape.
There are ladies shoes, men shoes, children shoes. Shoes for work shoes for play, a shoe for every occasion.
We wear shoes made from animal skins and rubber, shoes from the synthetic material such as plastic; the shoe has become an integral part of our human culture and civilisation, it has entered into our folklore and our art.
As children, we sang about the old woman who lived in a shoe, read about Cinderella and her prince, brought together by a glass slipper.
The modest shoe even made its appearance in our holiest of books, The Holy Bible.
In the old testament, the shoe is used to symbolise something worthless and of little value, in the new Testament, the act of removing one's shoes signifies servitude.
For the Semites, the act of removing their shoes, when approaching a sacred person or place is a mark of reverence. In the book of Exodus, Moses was instructed to remove his shoes before approaching the burning bush, and in Arab culture, showing the sole of your shoe is considered an insult, to throw your shoe and hit someone, an even greater insult because the shoe is deemed to be dirty.
However, quite the reverse can be seen in some other cultures.
The custom of drinking champagne from a lady's slipper, believed to have originated from the continent, and became fashionable in the theater world and mess rooms of late Regency London, enjoyed a revival on both sides of the Atlantic around the 1870s and up to the first world war. Dirty or not, our love affair with shoes especially fabulous red high heel shoes, look set to run and run, and many men are thankful to the guy who designed the very first fabulous pair of high heel shoes.