Definition of a Stiletto!

Its not often that you see a true piece of art work that can truly justify the definition of a stiletto.

Lets have a little history lesson- A stiletto is a shoe that has a stem on it that is so stick pointy your afraid you might stab yourself with it by accident. Actual definition: the term "stiletto" refers to a type of shoe heel that is pointy, thin and high. Also called "spike" or "spiked" heels. The word stiletto is derived from stylus, meaning a pin or stalk and named and inspired after a stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s.

Stiletto heels varied in length from 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) to 20 cm (8 inches)or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch).

After their demise in the mid-late 1960s, such slender heels were difficult to find until recently due to changes in the way heels were mass-produced. However, no other plastic heel with internal metal tube can hope to achieve the slender line or strength of a metal-stemmed stiletto, so it was only a matter of time before popular opinion and the demands of shoe designers brought back the manufacture of genuine stiletto heels.

A real stiletto heel has a stem of solid steel or alloy. The more usual method of mass-producing high shoe heels, i.e. moulded plastic with an internal metal tube for reinforcement, does not achieve the true stiletto shape.

With that being said, here is my latest favorite stiletto:
Aren't these so stunning?! Stuart Weitzman- Glotorrid ($575) They come in black and all silver. Here's the specs: Satin upper, three adjustable buckle closures at ankle, pavé crystal encrusted heel, 3/4" platform, 4 1/4" heel. I love the detail and roughness of how they attach the stiletto to the shoe. I just can't stop starring at these shoes- so eye catching. I will say that I like the black better than the silver.

So history lesson is over for the day, now let me know what you think :)




I got asked who the shoes are by:
Blue Stiletto- Rock and Republic; Red Stiletto-Stella McCartney F/W 09; Strappy Sandal Stiletto-Stuart Weitzmann; Black Stiletto Pump-Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Pump

2 comments:

  1. I don't know If I said it already but ...Great site...keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I'm glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

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  2. do us all a favor, and tell us who designed all those lovely stillettos...

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