Power, Confidence, And High Heels

Ed. Note: During 2012, I thought I would use Fridays to share a few of my favorite AiP posts from the archives—and this one positively tops the record. Culturally, we’re primed to note the Buffy heel and the pink sole of Louboutin, but it defies logic: High-heels can injury feet, which weren’t meant to be crammed into too tight quarters for eight hours a day (not less than) or be balanced precariously on skinny supports.

Increased heel peak creates an optical illusion of ‘shortening’ the foot, slenderizes the ankle, contributes to the looks of lengthy legs, provides a sensuous look to the strike, and increases height to generate the feeling of power and standing (eleven).

I don’t prance around on my toes anymore, however I do not deal with my toes any better either… I ought to most likely cease squeezing them into too small shoes or pointy-toed heels, but they simply look so good… Struggling with self-importance and comfort here!!

And there’s additionally, on the other end of the irony spectrum, the cliché of the hacked heel—epitomized by Jack’s machete-ing of Joan’s heels in Romancing the Stone —and of the dramatic de-stiletto, which finds, for instance, Veep’s Selena Meyer eradicating her uncomfortable sneakers just about the second she is out of the general public eye.

There’s additionally the cliché of the weaponized heel ( the dying of Ms. Suzuki in True Blood; the loss of life of Sam in Single White Female; Catwoman’s reminder , in The Dark Knight Rises, that stiletto” will get its title from the Italian word for dagger”).