The Anatomy of a High Heel



At the onset of a new relationship, friends would grill you, asking the same question, “How well do you know your lover?” Overprotective ones are skeptic about this newly labeled affinity with someone you just met a month ago. “It’s never gonna work with someone you barely know.”

This makes total sense, but then, I realized something. Your relationship with your shoes has gone farther and longer than your affairs with any guy, yet, you don’t seem to know them (your shoes) enough.

It’s about time that we all get schooled.shoe anatomy

Sole – The sole makes up half of the shoe. This is the bottom part, which directly touches the ground. It can be made up of different materials, rubber or leather being the most common. Stilettos usually have rubber soles for tighter grip, while dancing shoes have leather outsoles that easily glide and slide when touching the floor.

Insole Lining – This is the part of the shoe where your feet rest on. The type of the insole and how it is placed on the shoe affect comfort. Softer and cushioned insoles provide more support with little chance of hurting your feet. For durability purposes, choose an insole that is sewn rather than glued.

Toe Box – When you slip into your shoe, the toe box is exactly where your toes sit. It can be round, pointy, or square. When shoe-fitting, make sure that your toes can breathe and are not placed on top of each other. If you have wide feet, choosing pointed shoes is rather critical; getting a size bigger than your normal size might turn out to be a better fit.

Heel –This is the escalated rear part of the shoe. There are different types of heels, depending on the width and the height. There are stilettos, kitten heels, wedges, stacked, and Cuban heels to name some. Choose shoes with strong and sturdy shanks that can hold your balance.

Heel Tip – This is the bottom of the heel that is in direct contact with the floor. Because it is not as noticeable as the other parts, it’s commonly taken for granted, and it results to disaster. When it breaks off or wears down, your posture and balance will be greatly affected. It’s advisable that you check the tips of your heels every time and have them replaced if needed.

Sometimes, loving the way your high heels make you feel isn’t all that – you have to know every curve, bend, point, and corner to better enjoy the relationship and make it long-lasting.


By P. P.



Ms. Shoe Lover