“Look good. Feel good.” There’s a lot of truth in those words. Whether you’re going in for a job interview or meeting someone for a date, what you wear is an important statement about who you are. Even something as simple as your footwear can project an aura about you. Check out these designer high heels and see how they empower women.
The Power of High Heels
A highly sought-after pair of Prada high heels can empower almost any woman. A 2014 study analyzed the effect that high heels had on others. Women were dressed in various shoes, from flats to high heels, and were put into social situations where they needed some type of assistance. The study found that men were willing to help women in high heels nearly twice as much as women in flats. It’s interesting to see how footwear can influence others into taking action, whether it’s Prada or one of the other luxurious shoes shown here.
Out And About
A shopping spree at Nordstrom can often yield terrific shoes like these pairs that are inspired by Michael Kors. They look great during a night out on the town and studies have shown that women wearing high heeled-shoes at a bar tend to attract more people. In fact, women wearing the highest heels were approached about six minutes sooner than women wearing flats. Wearing high heels during a night out is one way to feel good while looking good.
It seems that the men in the study found women wearing heels more alluring. These pairs inspired by Sophia Webster shoes from Neiman Marcus may help you find the image you want to project. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing for women. It appears that high heels are noted for their sex appeal, which may not be the type of attention you’re seeking to attract. In the workplace, it may make men more agreeable to an idea, but it may not be comfortable using sex appeal to influence co-workers. Wear your high heels knowing what type of statement you want to make.
Different Walking Styles
Associates at a highly regarded store like Barney’s can help you find the shoes that are comfortable and help you look your best, like a pair from the always popular Dolce & Gabbana. A recent study done in the United Kingdom looked at high heels from a different perspective. It found that women naturally walk differently than men: while men use longer strides and more upper body movement, women used shorter strides and more hip movement. What the researchers concluded was that wearing high heels exaggerated the perceived feminine movements of walking.
Accentuating The Feminine
Today’s wardrobe for women typically has multiple pairs of shoes for a wide variety of occasions, from business to personal to social. No matter what the occasion, a high-end retailer like Bloomingdale’s can offer an excellent selection of shoes for you, from Coach to Gucci. Whether it’s a conscious or subconscious affinity for high heels, men and women both rated high heels as more attractive than flats. The research done in the United Kingdom suggested that women’s gaits were accentuated by the high heels, thus making them more attractive to others.
Style And Comfort
Unfortunately, high heels are notoriously uncomfortable, especially after wearing them for extended periods of time. A trip to Bergdorf Goodman is a terrific place to find the perfect combination of style and comfort in a georgeous pair of shoes from Givenchy. According to orthopedic studies, over 50 percent of women suffer from daily pain due to high heels. Quite often, this came with an additional cost: women would pay money for a cab or rideshare because they didn’t want to walk in discomfort.
The Creators Of High Heels
With the discomfort of high heels being so commonplace, it’s no surprise to learn that they were originally designed by French male designers Roger Vivier and Andre Perugia during the early 20th century. Of course, they never had to wear them and didn’t understand the pain that women endured to wear fashionable shoes. Today’s designers like Jimmy Choo offer a wide variety of killer looks and styles and most high-end fashion companies have begun to design more comfortable high heels.
Some of the most successful women such as Oprah Winfrey, Tiny Fey, and J. K. Rowling continue to wear high heels in order to feel both empowered and fashionable. A pair from Alice & Olivia can be one way to set you apart from the crowd.
A More Modern Shoe
While the most popular high heels are still designed by men such as Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, times have slowly changed. As women have embraced the high heel as an empowering fashion choice, women designers have been creating high heels that are both fashionable and comfortable. Their shoes are being seen in the same light as ultra-chic brands such as Miu Miu and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Changing The Industry
One woman who’s changing the shoe industry is entrepreneur Antonia Saint Dunbar. She’s spent several years redesigning high-heeled shoes, with the goal of making them as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Several other women have also become influencers at companies as big as Cole Haan, where shoes are a huge part of its yearly business.
Reassessing Women’s Needs
Dunbar wore high heels nearly every day, but wanted beautiful shoes that were also comfortable. She wanted shoes that were comparable to luxury brands like Loeffler Randall and Balmain so she started her own company to figure out how to solve the problem and spent months researching shoes. In addition to learning about shoe design and foot mechanisms, she also discovered that most women were wearing incorrect shoe sizes.
A New Look At High Heels
As Dunbar continued to research shoes, she created a more well-designed high heel that better supports women’s feet. Like the best shoes from Versace, the new brand should look luxurious while maintaining comfort. Dunbar’s shoe is more stable and distributes weight more evenly and eases the shock of walking. The company has also created an app for taking photos and measuring feet more accurately.
A pair of Saint Laurent could be molded more precisely by using Sandra Gault’s app. The app uses three photos of each foot in order to create a 3D image and this image is then used to manufacture a pair of shoes that is built exactly to the specifications of each person’s feet. The inaccurate sizes that are prevalent in the shoe industry is an issue that Gault hopes to solve.
Accurate Sizes Mean Better Comfort
Gault’s app continues to change the industry. For example, Manalo Blahnik shoes don’t have to conform to the same size as a pair from Verscae. In fact, for nearly 100 years the Brannock device has been the standard for measuring shoe size. It’s an inaccurate way to measure for high-heeled shoes since it doesn’t consider how a foot changes when it’s at an angle. Worst of all, not all companies use the Brannock sizes, so a size 7 for one company would be the same as a size 8 for another company.
Changing With The Times
With more women entrepreneurs in the industry and more women executives rising in the ranks of established companies, the quality of footwear continues to improve. One of the largest shoe companies, Cole Haan, has also poured money into research and development of women’s high heels. Two years ago Cole Haan introduced new shoes with heels that were closer to the middle of the foot. The shoes were a huge success and the company continues to improve its designs. High heels have never looked, nor felt, better. The empowered women in business continue to make headway into an industry dominated by the likes of Gianvito Rossi, Fendi, and Louis Vutton.