The world's best shoes designers are men. Coincidence?

Historically, shoe making was a man's line of work, handed down over generations. And working with leather is pretty hard work.

Obviously, men who don't wear the heels they design, but they're the ones who get to see them on us, so they create a fantasy- one that they want to see. 

Christian Louboutin put it so well "When someone fetishizes over shoes, it’s not flat shoes." 

The master with one of his autographed creations

Our relationship with heels

Back in the eighteenth century, heels were reserved for men. Louis XIV, King of France used to wear shoes with red heels. It was seen as a sign of power. 

Its therefore no surprise that over the years, there’s a symbolism to wearing high heels. 

Psychologically and emotionally, heels are associated with empowerment, ego, wealth, sex which all feed into each other.

Physically, high heels literally change you in addition to the obvious increase in height— the buttocks comes out, the legs are more muscular-looking, and you have to walk slower.

Encapsulates the relationship between high heels and power, money, sex

Documentary: God Save My Shoes

To get an insight into the carnal relationship between us and our heels, There’s a movie about shoes that every shoe lover needs to watch. 

And just like that, Emma Watson at Paris FW makes sense

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” ― Anna Wintour.

Emma Watson - who allegedly owns only 8 pairs of shoes - sure took Anna’s advice to heart in her Dior heel-less platforms at Paris Fashion Week.

Emma Watson made an entrance in asymmetric gravity-defying Dior wedges

Naomi not so lucky though!

While Emma managed to sashay by unscathed, who can forget Naomi Campbell's fall from grace - so to speak - at Vivienne Westwood's S/S 1993 catwalk thanks to these 9-inch mock croc culprits.

Naomi chuckles on good-naturedly, making one of fashion's most remembered images



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