You'll Be In Heel Heaven With Our New Retro Shoes Range!
With the recent addition of vintage inspired and retro shoes to the Atomic Cherry catalogue, we were inspired to explore the history of high heels and were surprised by what we learnt!
The earliest recorded depictions of heels on footwear goes further back than Ancient Egypt and were more commonly worn by MEN!! For centuries heels have been worn by both men and women, but in ancient times Mongolian horsemen wore heels on their shoes to avoid their feet slipping when riding. Today horse riders & cowboys wear heels for the same reason. Ancient Egyptian butchers wore heels/platforms to avoid stepping directly in offal, this was also the case in Rome and Japan with mud and waste in the streets. And how could we ever forget the more recent craze of the 1970s, made famous by David Bowie and the hard rock/glam icons we all know & love – platform boots!
We know as well as anyone that women look great in heels, so it’s interesting to find out that they’re were originally more prevalently worn by men. While recently updating our website with all the beautiful shoes we can now order through Ellie Shoes & Bettie Page Shoes we discovered that there are so many shoe variations that we had no idea about so we’re going to share them with you! Hold your horses, here are the stand outs!
Kitten Heels – Popularised by Audrey Hepburn, these heels were originally created for teenaged girls to learn how to walk in heels. These heels are normally 1.5-2 inches high.
Stiletto Heels – Originally created in the 1930s, this is a long thin heel fashioned off the stiletto dagger! It can vary from 1 inch to 10 inches high! The stiletto heel lost popularity through the 60's and 70's but has come back in full force recently.
Stiletto heel with 1" platform
Wedge Heels – Just like the same suggests these are heels in the shape of a wedge. This design dates back to ancient Greece & was made popular again in the 1930s by Ferragamo.
Very cool leopard wedges!
Platform Heels – These are shoes, sandals or boots with a thick sole of anywhere from 3cm to 10cm (and beyond!). So many of our favourite pop stars have donned platforms including David Bowie, The Spice Girls and KISS!
The Spice Girls
Pumps – Also known as a Court Shoe, this is a low cut, plain shoe with varying heels & heights. Throughout history pumps have been worn by men & women.
Cone Heel – This heel is essentially shaped like an ice-cream cone. Wide at the top and comes to a point at the bottom.
Spool Heels – This heel is wide and the top and bottom but narrow in the middle. Essentially resembling a cotton reel. These heels were popular in the baroque period (1600s) and again in the 1950s.
Peep Toe – It’s all in the name. This design allows for your toes to make a small appearance. These were popular from the 40s to the 60s and now they’re back with a passion!
Peep-toe slingbacks in delicious nude
Inverted Heels – Essentially these are “heel-less” shoes! These have become popular in recent years with designers like Alexander McQueen & Jeffrey Campbell.
Mary Janes – This is a closed, rounded, low-cut shoe with one or more straps across the in-step. These were originally created for children, boys & girls. The name Mary Jane was given to these shoes in the early 1900s through the popularity of two comic strip characters who wore them -“Buster Brown” & “Mary Jane”!
Classic black Mary Janes
D’Orsay Shoes – Characteristically the side of these shoes are cut very low to the sole & can be used for flats or heels. These were original designed for men to accommodate their wider feet, with the artist & dandy Count D’Orsay most famously wearing them.
Armadillos – Invented by Alexander McQueen, these heels are hard to miss! Lady Gaga wore them in her ‘Bad Romance’ video clip & many models refuse to walk the catwalk in them. Armadillos are 10 inches high – would you be game to try and strut in those bad boys?
Armadillo Shoes by Alexander McQueen...eeek!