The Development of the High-heeled Shoes (齐倩)

As glass slipper make Cinderella attractive, high-heeled shoes make every girl beautiful. A pair of high-heel can not only let women show elegant temperament, but can let women be taller and be more slender.


People pursue beautiful thing by nature. In ancient China, people have already worn high-heeled. In Zhou Dynasty, women wore Lilv, which were shoes have round- toe and high heel. In Tang and Song Dynasty, women wore Wanxia, which meant that when women worked on this kind of shoes, they would walk slowly and carefully, because the shoes had 10 cm high and narrow sole. It is similar to the shoes have wedged heel in our modern society.

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In Ming and Qing Dynasty, bound feet were very popular with women, so there were special shoes designed for that kind of feet. For example, Gongxie, had arched wooden heel. Women were very uncomfortably when they were walking on this kind of shoes, because their toes supported the whole weight of their body, and they seemed like too fell when they walked a long time. But why was this kind of shoes so popular with women in that society? Because it can let women be taller and lovelier.

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However, at that time, the ruler disliked the bound feet fashion tendency, so the women of Manchu were banned to bound feet. But they had their own heeled shoes, the heel of the shoes liked flower pot or the footprint of shoes liked horse’s hoof.

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Although people live in different society, they both pursue the beauty of tall. In foreigner, Italy had Chopines in the Renaissance.

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Spanish had own special heeled in 16th century.

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Japanese had clogs.

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    The style of the heeled shoes has derived variously. It can be divided into mainly four kinds: the shape of the toe, the high of the heel, the shape of the heel, the shape of the upper.

    The shape of the toe; Pointed toe, Almond toe, Round toe, Squire toe, Cap toe, Open toe, Peep toe.

The high of the heel; Low heel ( lower than three cm), Middle heel (between three and seven cm), High heel (high than seven heel).

The shape of the heel; Cone heel, Kitten heel, Spoon heel, Bloke heel, Chunky heel, Stiletto heel, Wedge heel, Louis heel, Platform.

The shape the upper of shoes: Pump, D’orsay pumps, Ankle strap pumps, Slingback pumps, T-trap pumps, Marry Jane pumps, Open-toe heels, Mules, Peep-toe bottie, Open vamp bottie,