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Encyclopedia > Stiletto heel
A boot with a stiletto heel
A boot with a stiletto heel

A stiletto heel (AmE: spike heel) is a long, thin heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. It is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1950s. Stiletto heels may vary in length from 5 centimetres (2 inches) up to 18 cm (7 inches), and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (half an inch). Such heels shorter than 5 cm are called kitten heels. Stiletto may refer to: Stiletto, a type of dagger M80 Stiletto, a prototype naval ship proposed for the United States Navy SEALs PD_Stiletto, parachute canopy manufactured by Performance Designs SS-19 Stiletto, a Russian intercontinental ballistic missile X-3 Stiletto, experimental jet aircraft Stiletto heel, a type of footwear The... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 534 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (581 × 652 pixel, file size: 65 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Stiletto heel Category... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 534 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (581 × 652 pixel, file size: 65 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Stiletto heel Category... For other uses, see American English (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into high-heeled shoe. ... Mexican cowboy boots custom made for Harry S. Truman. ... A shoe is an item of footwear worn on the foot or feet of a human, dog, cat, horse, or doll. ... A stiletto is a long, narrow-bladed dagger. ... Bold text This article is about the weapon. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A kitten heel is a short, slender heel found on womens shoes usually no more than one inch high. ...

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History

A pair of shoes with 12 cm stiletto heels
A pair of shoes with 12 cm stiletto heels

High heel shoes were worn by men and women courtiers. The design of the Stiletto heel originally came from the late Kristin S. Wagner but would not become popular until the late 1950s.[citation needed] The stiletto heel came with the advent of technology using a supporting metal shaft within the heel. This revival of the opulent heel style can be attributed to the designer Roger Vivier and such designs became very popular in the 1950s. Their popularity did not stem only from women, as men desired women to wear stiletto heels just as often. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... A courtier is a person who attends upon, and thus receives a privileged position from, a powerful person, usually a head of state. ... Roger Vivier was a French fashion designer who specialized in womens shoes. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


As time went on, stiletto heels became known more for their erotic nature than for their ability to create height. Stiletto heels are a common fetish item. As a fashion item, their popularity was changing over time. After an initial wave of popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s, they faded from the scene until the early 1980s, when stiletto heels were frequently worn at the office with wide-shouldered power suits. The style survived through much of the 1980s but almost completely disappeared during the 1990s, when professional and college-age women took to wearing shoes with thick, block heels. However, the slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback after 2000, when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear like jeans. Sexual fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to non-living objects as an overwhelming alternative to the sexuality of a man or a woman, or as an enhancing element to a relationship. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A power suit is a type of suit now stereotypically associated with 1980s business environments. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


Stiletto heels are particularly associated with the image of the femme fatale. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing, and often feature in popular culture. Convicted spy Mata Hari made her name synonymous with femme fatale during WWI. A femme fatale (plural: femmes fatales) is an alluring and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous and deadly situations. ...


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Stiletto heels are often used in trampling fetishism where in the event that a dominant partner would trample on a submissive partner with the intention of hurting him/her for a sexual pleasure received by both the dominant and the submissive.[citation needed] To trample generally means to crush underhoof. ...


Disadvantages

Stiletto heels transmit a large amount of force in a small area, and are therefore often stengthened by a metal rod, and a metal or hard plastic tip. The great pressure transmitted through such a heel (greater than that exerted by an elephant standing on one foot[1]) can cause damage to carpets and floors. The heel will also sink into lawns, making high heels impractical for outdoor wear. This article is about pressure in the physical sciences. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... A carpet is any loom-woven, felted textile or grass floor covering. ... A hardwood floor (parquetry) is a popular feature in many houses. ... A lawn is an area of recreational or amenity land planted with grass, and sometimes clover and other plants, which are maintained at a low, even height. ...


Stiletto heels can also render some wearers less stable than in wider high heels due to small diameter of heel at the ground and their daily wear can cause leg, hip and back problems.


See also

Ballet boots The ballet boot is a contemporary style of fetish footwear that merges (the look of) the pointe shoe with the ultimate high heel. ... High-heeled shoes are shoes where the heel of the wearers foot is raised to be significantly higher than their toes. ... Kinky boots are boots which are intended for or by some people are connected to some kind of shoe fetishism and thus a form of fetish clothing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

References

  1. ^ Jack Green (2003). Pressure Under High Heels. Retrieved on 17 July 2006.
High heels  v  d  e 

Shoes: Court shoe · Mule
Boots: Ballet boot · Cowboy boot · Kinky boots · Thigh-length boots
Types of heels: Kitten heel · Spool Heel · Stiletto heel
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