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Women’s Shoes

by Jeremiah Say

We have heard a lot about the saying that you can judge a person based on his or her shoes. Well, this it has ceased to be a theory as some researchers from the University of Kansas and Wellesley College published a study affirming this belief. Their study, which was published in the Journal of Research in Personality, suggests that people, by looking and examining someone else’s shoe can correctly guess his or her gender, age, and income. While they did not find this surprising considering the aesthetics and principles of fashion brands, which are evident on their shoes, they were mindblown that they could also assess the stranger’s level of attachment anxiety. The authors concluded that: “Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.”

Indeed, the shoes we wear are hints to our personality. So to all the ladies out there, when choosing your footwear, make sure you accurately send the message across. Apart from that, the shoes we wear can be a focal point of our look, but even if it is not, the shoes wear could either make or unmake everything. You may be wearing the best clothes you have, but a wrong pair of shoes can easily ruin your entire outfit. As to which pair suits your look depends on your personality, level of comfort, and sense of style. Fashion designer Christian Dior, once said, “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.”


Women’s footwear is such an interesting subject deserving of a time-travel back to the early years.

For quite sometime in the early years, women’s footwear was not a very interesting subject considering that they were less visible because of the long garments of women. In the ancient Rome, Egypt, and Greece, women wore sandals with minimal straps and decoration. In ancient Greece, in particular, these strappy footwear were used to present women to sexual objects. In China, meanwhile, women with bound feet, were considered to be more desirable for men at that time. However, as Christianity flourished in many countries believing that it is sinful to expose a person’s body, their footwear shifted to shoes that cover their feet including the toes. Roman-style sandals were then only attributed to officials from the church like the Pope.

In the 1100s, shoes with elongated pointed toe we refer to as crakow or poulaine. But in 1363, the length of the toe of the shoes was restricted according to income such that those with lower income could not use long toes. This fashion lasted until the closing of the fifteenth century. By that time, some European countries adopted less pointed footwear made from silk or fine leather.

Ancient Greece found actors and actresses wearing platform sandals to emphasize the major role they play. Women were likewise asked to wear cork heels. Venetian women, on the other hand, donned heeled mules called chopines, which is an indication of their social status, but were disposed by wealthy women after prostitutes donned these shoes.

The 17th and 18th century were dominated by women in heels as they sported shoes with two to three inches of heels, something that is telling of their status in the society. During the 18th century three different types of heels emerged, namely the thicker low to mid-height English heels, the mid-height and curvaceous French heels, and the tall and spiked Italian heels. As it turns to the 19th century, women’s fondness for silk and buckle-themed shoes were shifted to plain leather footwear. No specific type of heels dominated the 19th century, but square toe became a thing. It was also during this period that women started wearing ankle boots, as well as, slippers made from silk and kid, and both colored and black and white footwear. As the nineteenth century came to a close, number of businesses that offer customizing shoes has significantly decline because of mass production of sizes.

Then, here comes the 20th century, the start of which was the supremacy of black, white and brown footwear, while colored shoes were associated to evening wear. After the First World War, instep and ankle of the shoes were exposed with short and curvy heels made taller and straight. The vamp was likewise set lower. After the Second World War, as there was scarcity of materials, the use of wood or cork soles and substitute leather was prevalent. The 1950s was about stilettos, but because of some unfortunate incidents involving these heels, low-heeled square boots became a fashion essential in the 60s. The 1970s, meanwhile, was about platform shoes and sports shoes. Fast forward, the 2000s was a celebration of the diversity of shoes catering to the varying needs of women.


Boots are worn by women for two primary reasons. First, boots give the highest warmth during the cold or freezing season. Second, some types of boots work as statement shoes that would complete the entire look. Well, there are different types of fashion boots for women like ankle boots, riding boots, moto boots, desert boots, knee-high boots, and over-the-knee boots, among many others. These boots come either flat or elevated, the latter including platform heels, stiletto-like pointed heels, and chunky heels. As these boots come in various style and purpose, make sure you pick the right one to improve your look.


Love the heels, but hate the discomfort and pain you get when standing or walking around in them? The shoe industry has the best solution for you featuring the block heels. Block heels are nothing new. They have been in the limelight in the 70s and 90s, but today, they take the spot with a modern twist. Block heels can make any look sophisticated, yet sometimes edgy and cool. Pumps, D’Orsay shoes, and minimalist sandals now come in block heels to cater to women who want to prioritize comfort in their feet. This does not mean that block heels are less fashionable than stilettos. They are definitely of equal footing.


Evening events are normally about elegance and style. The room is filled with sophisticated women in glamorous dresses or gowns. Remember that not all shoes can round off an evening dress or gown. You need an equally glamorous and exquisite pair of shoes that will make you standout. When picking out the perfect pair of evening shoes, there is nothing to worry as designer brands have a wide collection of evening shoes. Among the most popular evening shoes are the classic and satin pumps, strappy heels, slingback, minimalist heels, and peeptoes. These shoes come in different shades or colors and they could either be plain or embellished with shiny or glaring effects.


Give your feet some time to relax and try on casual flats like these trendy and game-changer espadrilles. These shoes have been around for a long time, its history can be traced as 700 years ago in the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe. The 1950s and 1960s were likewise dominated by this type of shoes. Today, blogger and celebrities splurge on espadrilles produced from popular designer brands because of its minimalist effect and level of comfort. Espadrilles are basically made from canvass or cotton fabric on the upper portion and coiled rope for the sole, or referred to as ‘Jute’ sole. The fabric varies in color and design or prints. Truly perfect to pair with your summer outfit!


Providing more comfort to your feet, these flat shoes are great for a casual day, or even on days you need to wear something semi-formal as there are elegant flat shoes perfect for such. These flat shoes are also ideal for a busy day or where your agenda for the day would involve a lot of walking. Contrary to some belief, flat shoes can be fashionable. There are chic flat shoes as there are polished ones. It is about finding what you like.


You want to add some height, but do not want to risk your posture from stilettos. One great alternative are platform shoes. These shoes feature extremely thick soles. Platform heels are available in different types of footwear. The more common type would be the sandals or pumps, but in the development of fashion, platforms have been incorporated to trainers and boots.


Mules have quite such an interesting origin. Mules were used as bathroom slippers in the past but as time passed by, their use or purpose have likewise changed. Mule shoes are those which are backless or those who do not have restriction at the back. This type of shoes has been around for quite sometime, then people took a hiatus from wearing these shoes, until not so long ago, designers took a modern touch on mules. Since then, more and more women have sported at a least a pair of mules. They are minimalist, sophisticated, and more importantly, easy to wear.


We believe that with its elegance and timeless appeal, every woman has at least a pair of pumps in her closet. Pumps are not that easy to define, but they are characterized by the seamless vamp with low-cut front. They come in various designs that include peeptoes and they may be either the plain, slip-on classic pumps or the embellished or strapped pumps. Pumps effectively add sophistication to your look. It tends to elongate your physique and defines the arch. They likewise have a positive effect to your posture. However, these pumps are not meant as an everyday footwear as it may cause muscular or skeletal damage and lower back pain.


Another popular footwear are sandals, which is characterized by the straps that attach the sole to the wearer’s foot either over the in-step and in some cases, around the ankle. Sandals are generally lightweight and a great way to show off your pedicure as it comes in an open design. Sandals are available in flats or in heels. Flat sandals are usually worn during summer, while heeled sandals are great alternative to closes shoes like pumps.


Street fashion is no longer a hotspot of sophisticated women in heels as sneakers took on the spot creating chic and cool look from women of all ages. Today, sneakers are considered as fashion statement after having gone out of the gym onto the catwalk. Supermodels and celebrities have been obsessed about sneakers fashion. Moreover, sneakers have ceased to be an exclusive casual piece as business or semi formal ensembles have been paired with sneakers.

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