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Fashion Benefits Of High Heel Shoes

Today's high heel shoes can be the essential accessory to any outfit while making legs appear more slender, longer and more toned.

A high heeled shoe can be defined as a shoe whose heel is higher than the toe. The heels can vary in height ranging from a two inch kitten heel to stilettos that are over four inches. Most heels are not worn for practical reasons, but for aesthetics. Lower heels are usually worn for work or more serious occasions, and taller heels are worn for going out dancing or a night out on the town.

In addition to making legs look longer and slimmer, they can also accentuate calves and make the foot appear smaller. It can also aid in posture, forcing the wearer to carry the body more upright and give them a more confident stride. It also gives shorter women an extra lift that gives off the illusion that they are taller.

Heels are the most formal style shoe available for women. They can be worn with the most fancy of gowns to jeans or capri pants. They can transform a casual outfit that is usually worn for the office into acceptable evening attire.

Many times they can be the focal point of an outfit. Often on the red carpet, the woman's heels are discussed as much as the dress. One can wear a plainer dress to accentuate the shoes. For example, a simple black dress can be worn with heels so that the bright red or leopard print shoes are noticed first.

Today's high heels come in many different variations. Not only does the heel height change, but colors and designs can dramatically vary. Animal print patterns to glittery, silver shoes are available. They can be made from leather, velvet, to diamond encrusted materials. The quality of shoe also varies. There are inexpensive shoes that most everyone can afford, to high end designer labels that can cost thousands of dollars.

Although the aesthetic appearance of shoes is great, not everyone can wear high heels. Recently doctors have debated the safety and health risks of wearing heels. The higher the shoe, the higher the risk of a fall. When slipping on a pair of heels, a woman's center of gravity changes making it more difficult to walk and easier to stumble, trip or twist an ankle. Lower back and knee pain is also attributed to some of the health risks of wearing fashion forward footwear.

To get the most from heels, it's recommended to practice walking in them before wearing them out. It gives them a chance to break in and the wearer a sense of what they will feel like before taking them out. Also, when taking a step, straighten and extend the body from top to the bottom. This will give a more graceful appearance. Finally, be confident when wearing high heels. They can be one of the best fashion details, but confidence when wearing them can prove to be an even better accessory.