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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Fabulous High Heel Shoe

Fabulous High Heel Shoe

Killer Heels

Killer Heels


Women Love Fabulous shoes

Women Loves Fabulous shoes and men are thankful

What is it about women and high heel shoes? Yes I know, a lot of men love to see women strutting their stuff, hips swaying as they balance precariously on their six inches plus heels. However, for the women, it's much more than that.
By the time we take our first tentative steps into toddler-hood, we're already dreaming of high stepping into our mother's high heeled shoes. Girls love shoes, inside every girly girl, there is an Imelda Marcos trying to get out.
To a greater or lesser degree, the Imelda syndrome is coded in our genes, we cannot walk past a great pair of shoes, without the feeling that it is shouting at us for, a real home.
Red high heel shoes, white high heel shoes, black high heel shoes, yellow, navy, gold, nude, bling or no bling, classy shoes, sassy shoes, tarty shoes, party shoes, even nasty shoes. Platforms, with or without heels, shoes come in all shapes and sizes, every colour of the rainbow and then some.

High Heels Short Men

Shoes give height and stature to the women lacking height, but it is not a height thing. Tall women, short women, we are all passionate about our fabulous shoes and killer heels. Tall women with shorter partners usually go flat so as not to eclipse their Napoleons. Invariably, this only last as long as the couple stays together.

It's a sure sign that the relationship is in trouble when the women make the emphatic statement by reclaiming her heels and are seen teetering on the highest pair of killer heels she can find. As the newspapers were so keen to point out, the wives of the handsome but diminutive vertically challenged Mr Cruise, went back to their heels as soon as their marriages crashed into the proverbial rocks.

Teenage Lust For Heels

As a relatively tall teenager, of 5' 10, like all my mates, I lusted after my first pair of high heels, sadly, most of my friends tended to be of average height for the time, 5' 5 to 5' 7'. Inevitable, I felt that I was towering awkwardly above everyone, and would only wear flats or court shoes with 2.5-inch heels. I even tried wearing dainty little kitten heels, well it was dainty before I got my not so dainty size eight hoofs into them.

None too soon, those awkward teenage years was gone, I realised that being tall also had its advantages.

I discovered fashion, yes.... fashion with a capital 'F', fishnets, fun and fantasy, seamed stockings designed with long legs in mind.

I wore long dresses with slits up to the hilt, designed for the taller frame, mini skirts, anything that will showcase fabulous long legs, which I displayed to perfection, or so I was told, always with show-stopping killer heels that gave that extra va.. va.. voom effect. And so my love affair with the high heels and gorgeous shoes began.

Of course, that was a long time ago, the shoe has been revolutionized, heels are higher, designs are more like engineering. So when did our love affair with shoes began?

Shoes, A Brief History

Drawings from over 15,000 years ago that found in a Spanish cave showed humans wearing fur and animal skins wrapped around their feet. From these primitive feet coverings, the shoe has evolved into high-end fashion wear. High tech engineering of athletic trainers and other types of specialised shoes made by manufacturers such as Nike and Jordan are must haves.
From very modest beginnings the humble shoe, although still Fulfilling its original function, to protect and comfort the human foot, as he goes about his daily business, has become so much more.

We use our shoes as a sign of wealth and good taste, or not, as the case may be. Shoes are not only practical; it is decoration for our feet. Modern shoes vary in style complexity and cost. Our shoes today are designed for a particular purpose, we wear special shoes for running, shoes for walking, boots for climbing mountains, for walking in snow. We have specialised footwear for sailing, even shoes to improve our posture and shape.
There are ladies shoes, men shoes, children shoes. Shoes for work shoes for play, a shoe for every occasion.

We wear shoes made from animal skins and rubber, shoes from the synthetic material such as plastic; the shoe has become an integral part of our human culture and civilisation, it has entered into our folklore and our art.
As children, we sang about the old woman who lived in a shoe, read about Cinderella and her prince, brought together by a glass slipper.
The modest shoe even made its appearance in our holiest of books, The Holy Bible.
In the old testament, the shoe is used to symbolise something worthless and of little value, in the new Testament, the act of removing one's shoes signifies servitude.

For the Semites, the act of removing their shoes, when approaching a sacred person or place is a mark of reverence. In the book of Exodus, Moses was instructed to remove his shoes before approaching the burning bush, and in Arab culture, showing the sole of your shoe is considered an insult, to throw your shoe and hit someone, an even greater insult because the shoe is deemed to be dirty.

However, quite the reverse can be seen in some other cultures.

The custom of drinking champagne from a lady's slipper, believed to have originated from the continent, and became fashionable in the theater world and mess rooms of late Regency London, enjoyed a revival on both sides of the Atlantic around the 1870s and up to the first world war. Dirty or not, our love affair with shoes especially fabulous red high heel shoes, look set to run and run, and many men are thankful to the guy who designed the very first fabulous pair of high heel shoes.



Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 04, 2012:

Mama Kim, many thanks for stopping by, there are many of us in the same boat. We love heels, but can no longer wear them, nothing makes a woman feel more feminine than a lovely pair of high heels. However, I'm betting you still manages to look great. Best wishes to you.

Sasha Kim on September 03, 2012:

I love love love the first shoe pictured ^_^ Your hub is very detailed and is packed full of fun and interesting information! I unfortunately packed away my heals and now live in flats. I married a man only an inch maybe two taller than me ^_^ voted up and pinned!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 28, 2012:

Lesley, glad you enjoyed it, many thanks for dropping by, my very best to you.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 28, 2012:

Excellent hub, all the shoe photos are fabulous!

I love wearing high heeled shoes - especially sling-backs!

Thank you for sharing and voted up.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 28, 2012:

the first photo is very lovely..a flower shoe.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 28, 2012:

Mhatter, your Arlene, must have been a very classy lady, and a lot of fun too. Us girls love our heels, but we also love our men loving us loving our heels, if you get what I mean.

Thank you very much for the support, always appreciated, and my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 28, 2012:

Faith, I just knew you'd be tall and glamorous, go girl...:)

Thank you so much for stopping by, my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 28, 2012:

Christy, thank you very much for the awesome. I'm so please to know you enjoyed it. You're right about the heels making the legs look great, For me, there is still nothing quiet like a classic pair of stiletto.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 27, 2012:

Excellent job. Thank you. Arlene had an outrageous shoe collection. She had great legs but heals above 4 inch worked against their shape. We loved to dance, so comfort was a must.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 27, 2012:

I love heels, but I am already tall with long legs, so I do wear them, but not crazy high heels, but high enough. Ha. Great hub and interesting, the manner in which you wrote it up. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 27, 2012:

Oh shoes, we love shoes! I vote awesome because you present the subject in a great way here. I think heels really make our legs look great.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 27, 2012:

LetitiaFT, I'm right there with you, my glory days are well and truly behind me, I get nose bleed looking at some of those amazing heels, but that is as much as I can do, just admire. Many thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment.

My best to you.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on August 27, 2012:

Ha ha. What a fun read. One of the drawbacks I've discovered to working at home is that the opportunities to wear great shoes become too few to justify forking out for them. I've become a real hippy shuffling around the house in birkenstocks, while my remaining heels gather dust. Boo hoo. Tis a pity.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 27, 2012:

Frank, we get it, you're a leg man :) Many thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. take care now.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 27, 2012:

yeah I like women in very high heels givs the legs a longer view.. and damn nothing beats a long view makes everything visual.. and makes my mind pop.. wait did I say that outloud?

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 27, 2012:

Suzettenapples, I'm so glad you liked this, any excuse for a new pair of shoes, I love yours, tender feet, I don't think I can get away with that one. Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful comment. My best to you.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 27, 2012:

Great article on shoes! I love your statement that there is an Imelda Marcos in all of us. How true! I absolutely love shoes and I do have way too many. But, I do have very tender feet and cannot wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row! (I know, what an excuse, but it is so true) I love the shoes you have depicted with this hub. They are outrageous. Sorry, you won't see me in any of those shoes - I'd probably tip over! LOL This is quite an interesting and informative article! Thank you! Voted up!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 27, 2012:

Michelle, many thanks, I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed it. Best wishes to you.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 27, 2012:

To business, this is well written, with a detailed explanation of the history of high heels. I love heels and have voted in the poll. You're right.....taller women would ten to play down their height, but regardless of height, we all love heels!! You had my attention throughout the article. Thanks for the great write, which I'm sharing!

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