Quotes Heels

The history of the high heel – and what it says about women today

A pair of pink heels created by Manolo Blahnik sat on display for a photo shoot for an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London called “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.”
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By Meghan Cleary June 28, 2015

The Cannes Film Festival is not exactly the epitome of an inclusive event. In order to attend, you must be an invited guest, producer, director, star, or someone associated with the making of a major film. This group gets winnowed further if you consider the film industry itself, as evidenced by the ACLU’s recent gender discrimination investigation or the hacked Sony e-mails. Yet when a security guard at this already insular event denied entry to a woman because she was not wearing high heels — well, that caused an international furor.

A shoe is not just any accessory. To throw one is a sign of disrespect in certain places (as George W. Bush experienced in 2008). In other contexts, it’s seen as a symbol of liberation (see recent news stories that Barbie can finally wear flats after 56 years). Footwear is a fashion statement, a symbol of empowerment (or subordination, depending on your view), and a cultural flash point. Science even tells us that shoes are one of the first mthings we use to judge another person. Little surprise then, that throughout its 500-year history, few articles of clothing have been more polarizing — and powerful — than the high heel.

From their conception, heels have been meant to elevate physically, bestowing a superior posture but also perceived power or prestige from the added stature. In one of their first modern appearances, Catherine de Medici wore heels at her presentation to the French court in 1533, wanting the event to be memorable. Catherine was marrying the Duke of Orleans, after all — and she didn’t want to appear shorter than the duke’s very tall mistress. By 1580, heels up to 5 inches tall were the rage for both men and women of the upper classes, a sign of both wealth and social position.

The best ever shoe quotes from our favourite fashion icons

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Marilyn Monroe shoe quotes
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‘I still have my feet on the ground – I just wear better shoes.’

Some women obsess over handbags, but for others shoes are the apple of their eye. From Victoria Beckham to Jimmy Choo and so many other style icons in between, it’s time to get inspired by some of our favourite footwear designers and fashion icons…

‘I still have my feet on the ground – I just wear better shoes.’ – Oprah Winfrey

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‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

‘You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.’ – Christian Dior

‘A woman with good shoes is never ugly.’ – Coco Chanel

‘I spend most of my time wearing uncomfortable things, so for me, it’s all about trainers.’ – Cara Delevingne

‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham

‘I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.’ – Imelda Marcos

‘One shoe can change your life.’ – Cinderella

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CINDERELLA, 1950
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‘I’m not afraid of heights, have you seen my shoes?’ – Carrie Bradshaw

‘I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn’t matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.’ – Keira Knightley

‘Craziness in a shoe is great – you can have much more freedom, you can exaggerate and it doesn’t feel stupid. But to have too much craziness near your face, that would just feel weird.’ – Miuccia Prada

‘I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end.’ – Amy Adams

‘How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?’ – Sonia Rykiel

‘As a child I trained myself to dance in very high heels. At 13, in Destiny’s Child, we were told to wear heels, but at first we couldn’t walk in them. We couldn’t keep our knees straight, but we learned.’ – Beyoncé

‘To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.’ – Roger Vivier

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‘I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God! They look so comfortable!”‘ – Christian Louboutin

‘I actually have more shoes than anyone will ever know.’ – Tamara Mellon

‘If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.’ – Iris Apfel

‘Nicki Minaj has a better booty; but I have better shoes.’ – Rihanna

‘Keep your head, heels and standards high.’ – Lola Stark

‘I can be naked as long as I’m wearing the right pair of shoes.’ – Anna Dello Russo

‘Always wear high heels. Yes, they give you power. You move differently, sit differently, and even speak differently.’ – Carine Roitfeld
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