Fun Facts:

Bet you didn't know that!

Here are some fun facts about heels!

  • In Hungary, the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding slipper.
  • 15% of the female population have more than 30 pairs of heels in their closet.
  • 33% of women have trouble finding the room to store all of their shoes.
  • 8% of women have experienced severe injuries such as sprains or breaks.
  • 74% of women said that their main reason for not shopping online is because they prefer to try them on before purchasing them.
  • The first lady's boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.
  • Six-inch-high heels were worn by the upper class in seventeenth-cenutry Europe. Two servants, one on each side, were needed to hold up the person wearing the heels.
  • In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.
  • Shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century when left and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
  • On average, women purchase four pairs of shoes a year.
  • 97% of women said that their shoe shopping has never created financial problems, but 13% have hidden a purchase from a significant other.
  • Only 14% of women purchase their shoes online.

Interviews:

Stephanie Reisberg

Stephanie Reisberg, 21
University of Florida--Occupational Therapy

Q:How many pairs of heels would you say you have?
A:Around 20, maybe 25.

Q: Why do you collect heels? What is it about them that makes you collect them?
A: I love having unique, beautifully crafted shoes to enhance my outfit when I go out or to a special occasion.

Q: What is your favorite brand of heels? Why?
A: BCBG, because they were all made stylish and comfortable to wear.

Q: What is your favorite online store? What is your favorite place to buy heels in an actual store?
A: I love looking online at Nordstrom but have never purchased shoes online because I like to try them on in the store.I'm a bargain hunter and love finding great deals on shoes at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Q: Have you worn each heelthat you own or are some (most) still sitting in the box untouched?
A: I have worn almost every heel I own at least once, but I am quilty for making some purchases just because the shoe was cute and I have nothing to wear it with.

Q: Why do you think that is--that women buy all of these heels but never get around to wearing all of them?
A: I personally love to have beautiful heels in my closet even if they don't get worn. I like knowing I have them when I need them for some occasion.

Q: What is your favorite pair of heels that you own? Describe them and tell me why you like them.
A: Black BCBG closed 2" pumps with rhinestones on the front.

Q: If you could own any pair of heels, which would they be?
A: Christian Louboutin. I have already decided my first pay check when I graduate college will be going towards a pair.

Q: What would you say is the biggest con of wearing heels? How about the biggest pro of wearing heels?
A: Biggest con is after a long night of walking your feet always get sore. Biggest pro for me personally is heels give me a boost in height! I'm 5' 2" so every inch counts. I also love having cute shoes paired with a great outfit.

MeganBrickner

Megan Brickner, 20
Florida State University--Marketing

Q:How many pairs of heels would you say you have?
A: 10.

Q: Why do you collect heels? What is it about them that makes you collect them?
A: They are an easy and fun way to personalize any outfit. I love having different colors and styles as options to wear, and different ones are appropriate for certain occasions.

Q: What is your favorite brand of heels? Why?
A: I own several pairs of heels by Reiss London. They are well-made shoes and they have bunches of styles and colors.

Q: What is your favorite online store? What is your favorite place to buy heels in an actual store?
A: My favorite online store is bloomingdales.com. I like buying shoes at Dillards, there's lots of brands and options in one place.

Q: Have you worn each heelthat you own or are some (most) still sitting in the box untouched?
A: I've worn every pair, some only once.

Q: Why do you think that is--that women buy all of these heels but never get around to wearing all of them?
A: I guess they never get around to wearing them.

Q: What is your favorite pair of heels that you own? Describe them and tell me why you like them.
A: I own a pair of turqoise 5-inch heels with a hidden platform by Reiss London. They are leather and scaled for texture. The entire foot is enclosed in straps with little slits of skin showing, and they are peep-toe. I like that the heel is also covered. These shoes make a statement with any outfit and I always get compliments when wearing them.

Q: If you could own any pair of heels, which would they be?
A: I would own a simple pair of Christian Louboutin-- closed toe, black pumps. They are so classic and fun with the red sole.

Q: What would you say is the biggest con of wearing heels? How about the biggest pro of wearing heels?
A: Biggest con is that eventually any pair of heels eventually begins to hurt my feet. The biggest pro is that they make me taller. I think they make girls look more feminine and are a great way to show off personal style.