From a killer pair of black stilettos to metallic party slingbacks, you’ll love Wittner’s range of women’s stiletto heels in varying heights and styles for all occasions. The secret to rocking stiletto heels? A great fitting, well-crafted shoe that will support you while you strut your stuff.
What is the meaning of stiletto heels?
Stilettos take their name from the Italian word for a dagger or a knife – though that doesn’t mean they should feel like you’re walking on daggers when you wear them! The ‘knife’ edge of your shoe is the shape of the heel itself, which tapers towards the ground to create a shockingly high profile that looks like you’re walking on the head of a pin.
What is the difference between high heels and stilettos?
While high heels have been popular with both men and women for centuries, stilettos are a relatively new invention. The teeny tiny heel profile of women’s stilettos only became possible after World War II, when shoe manufacturers developed metal bases for heels to replace the old wooden styles. This feat of engineering made it possible for heels to become thinner and higher than ever before, and the classic stiletto shoe was born. Since then, fashion has never looked back! The sleek profile of this shoe has cemented its reputation as an iconic and timeless shoe for all occasions.
How tall are stiletto heels?
Because the name stiletto refers to the width of the heel rather than its height, you can find stilettos in a variety of heights from sky-high to more mid-height heels. For those who love the extra height from a very tall heel, we offer a range of very high heels in ladies stilettos and other styles. If you love the profile of a needle-thin stiletto heel but don’t want the sky-scraping heights, a cute stiletto kitten heel is a great choice for more casual wear or a retro nod to the shoes of millennium era fashion.
How do you walk in stiletto heels?
When it comes to walking in heels, ladies stilettos can often be the most daunting style of shoe. Here are a few important rules of thumb that will help you walk with confidence and ease even in the highest stiletto high heels.
Walk heel to toe — You may have heard that leading with your toe is the right way to walk in heels, but this rumour really is just that – a rumour. Instead, ground your heel solidly on the ground and then allow your foot to fall forward as you transfer your weight fully from left to right. The only exception to this rule is on stairs, where placing your weight over your toe makes for easier climbing of stairs.
Keep your eyes on the prize — As tempting as it might be, don’t let your head drop and stare at your feet as you walk. While it might feel logical to watch where you place your foot, staring straight ahead in the direction you’re walking will actually help you find your balance a lot more easily.
Break in your new pair of stiletto heels— It’s always exciting to get a new pair of heels for a special occasion, but make sure you give stilettos a test run before the big day. Especially with high-quality shoes made from leather, you want to allow the shoe to soften up and conform to your foot shape before wearing them for a long time. With proper care, your shoes will last just as long even with wearing them.
Wearing heels is a workout, make sure you warm up — Especially if you know you have a long day or evening ahead of you, stretching your muscles before you put on heels can be a great idea. Try some ankle exercises to warm up and loosen your limbs before donning your stiletto shoes. Trust us, your feet will thank you at the end of the night!
Are stiletto heels professional?
While you might associate them most with nights spent clubbing or fine dining, ladies stiletto heels definitely still have a place in the office or meeting room. The key to making stilettos work appropriate is to choose a classic upper that can be paired with more sombre workwear outfits. Black stiletto heels in a slingback or pump-style will always be welcome during a 9 to 5, but as long as you choose a simple closed-toe style, you can even get away with more daring shades like red stilettos. For bright colours, try keeping the rest of your clothes restrained in monochrome shades.