I have a pair of stilettos . They make me feel sexy. They are black and shiny, and I wear them with my little black dress. Admittedly, I don’t get to wear them much, but I do like to wear them. When I’m looking at them, I marvel how they make my legs look longer, and the fact that the way I have to stand in them forces my butt to tighten. The way they are made enhances sexiness by the mere act of wearing them. Good stuff.
Another thing I like about stilettos is the way they remind me of the high-class sophisticated ladies of the 1950s and 1960s black and white movies. When I wear them, I really feel like Audrey Hepburn: classy with a string of pearls and hair in a glossy up-do. And it kind of makes sense. The 1950s was the first decade to really see the popularity of the stiletto, as they came into fashion with their heels narrowing to a small point. You know, like the stiletto knife. The fact that they came on the scene when they did, is reason enough for my stilettos to conjure images of black and white glamour. (Yes, glamour – with the “ou”.)
These days, though, stilettos are no longer made with the heavy metals used in the first stilettos; now they’re light. Some stilettos are even made with the same kind of lightweight aluminum that is used when making fuselages for airplanes. The strength is necessary, or the spiked heel would buckle under the pressure of being worn. Even the plastic tip that used be on the end of the heel couldn’t stand the pressure, and often wore off. (Back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, many workplaces had special covers for stiletto heels. This kept the metal point from ripping the carpet and scratching the floors after the plastic tip fell off.)
Stilettos are perhaps the sexiest shoe alive. And they are certainly made to evoke images of sophistication and class. And anyone can feel good wearing them. In fact, I think I’ll go put mine on now. So I can feel sexy while I made dinner.