Marilyn Monroe is known to all for singing ” Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” in “Gentlemen prefer blonds” movie but it seems she forgot about shoes. If you look in any modern girl’s wardrobe, chances you will find a whole lot more shoes than shiny,expensive and precious stones are higher.
From being functional and protective, the shoes have gone to total attention-getter of the outfit, and sometimes the most expensive piece. I believe that shoes are like “jewelry”, fake one will make us look cheap and ugly and real one beautiful and exquisite.
History of shoes began from cave drawings witch show that 15,000 year ago human wrapped their feet with animal skins and furs. The evolution of foot coverings in the present are marvels of engineering,continuing finding new materials with which to cover our feet.Women’s obsession with shoes is not a recent one, either. In 1400’s Turkey designed The Chopine, the original platform specifically worn by women. Sometimes 76 cm high, this funcky-looking shoe required women to use canes.Some speculated that, the chopine was ment to keep wives and daughters from running away or hooking up with other man. But they were a sign of social status. The original meaning of “Beauty is pain“.
But the invention of high-heels as fashion we have to attribute to short-statured Catherine de Medici in 1500. For feeling insecure in her arranged engagement to the Henry II, in front of his significantly taller mistress, Diane de Poiters, she started use heels in her advantage( traditionally worn only by men).
At her wedding, Leonardo da Vinci created for her a pair of shoes with 5 cm hell to impress the Royal Court of France, and since then she turned them into a fad for women.
Caterina de Medici High Heels
Before standing in front of us in shop tempting us to try and buy them, the construction of a good pair of shoes go into the 100 operations. I will not tell you now the whole story about it, but because it takes so much work and patience, from those who make them, i say we start to appreciate first the quality, and not get scared of the price.
There is a lot of types of shoes, but there is some, which should not miss from a women’s wardrobe.
The most comfortable from all are Ballerina Flats( round-toed slippers) from all kinds of leather.
In 1940’s the designers who were facing financial restrictions during wartime, found a smart choice of shoes designed after ballet slippers. Made from minimal amount of material and virtually no leather, soon became famous being worn by Audrey Hepburn (once a ballet dancer) in iconic movies “Sabrina” and “Funny Face”.
However, today we have to choose the one made from the leather because they will last longer and look more stylish. In any color, with glitter, in various forms, they look great with skinny jeans, tailored trousers or miniskirt.
MATCH & MIX
Another classic choice which reached their popularity in 20’s and 30’s,especially through designs of Coco Chanel who designed menswear-inspired pieces for woman was Spectators Shoes. A style of low-heeled, oxford, constructed from two contrasting colors, can be paired best with trousers or casual dresses.
The most important piece we must have in our wardrobe are Stiletto Shoes. These are pumps with slender, spiked hells, that are usually from 7.5 cm to 12 cm.The word stiletto translates in italian as small dagger; in other words, and easily weapon. In the late of 1940’s new technology for making steel rods gave way to an engineering marvel-pencil-thin heel that could support woman’s weight. But designer Roger Vivier is credited with inventing the stiletto in the early of ’50s. You can wear them with mostly everything, jeans, dresses, trousers, skirts… Depending of your state of mind.
Another easy to walk in, which make you feel taller and add a funky style to any outfit are Platforms Shoes always in trends.From the origins of The Chopine, platforms became today both functional and stylish.
Worn by a lot of stars and always included in designer’s collections, you can best wear them with long summer dresses, bell-bottoms jeans or shorts.
And final, but not the least are Strappy Sandals.These are traditional sandals with a touch of upgraded glamour thanks to delicate heels (stiletto) and dainty straps across the top of the foot.
When shoe wizard Salvatore Ferragamo developed arch support in the ’20s, a closed toe-structure was no longer needed to keep the foot from sliding out. Soon, painted toes were peeking out from strappy-heeled sandals like actress Greta Garbo.
In our days, the actresses from Sex and the City made strappy sandals synonymous with city chic, as they worn this style of shoes in nearly every episode.
The delicate nature of these shoes works best with light clothes like ladylike dresses and and bangle bracelets.
Strappy Sandals-Ready for Party
From so many types of shoes, choose always the one which make you feel sexy and each time you buy one, imagine first yourself wearing them. You need to know that no matter what you wear, flats or high heels, you have to feel sophisticated and unique.
Like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City said “Sometimes it’s really hard to walk in single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”