By Javeria Khan

“A woman carries her clothes, but its shoe that carries a woman”

An average woman owns 20 pairs of shoes but only regularly wears five of them, and nine in ten admit having at least one pair they have never taken out of the closet, a study says. There is no doubt that shoes protect feet from germs and injury, they give better grip, improve gait and correct bad posture. From the dawn of modern humans, shoes represented a very important aspect of our life. They enable us to survive in non-optimal environments, do jobs with greater proficiency, protect our health, give us comfort and are incredible tools for showcasing our fashion sense. Shoes were with us from the moment our ancestors exited and started their journey to all four corners of the world. In Europe’s early Baroque period, women’s and men’s shoes were very similar, though fashions and materials differed among social classes. For a common folk, heavy black leather heels were the norm, and for aristocrats, the same shape was crafted out of wood.

In the early 1800’s, women’s and men’s shoes finally began to differ from one another in style, color, heel, and toe shape. Cloth-topped shoes made an appearance during this era, and boots grew exceedingly popular. After much fluctuation, the standard for a man’s heel finally settled at 1 inch. Interesting facts about shoes are not hard to come by. They were a constant presence in our civilization, from the moment Egyptian pharaohs wished to protect themselves from hot sand to the modern times. During the last few hundred years, great advancement in manufacturing and ever-changing fashion created countless types of shoes.

High-heeled footwear- Behind every successful woman is a fabulous pair of shoes. So keep your head, heels and standards high. Modern designs of heeled shoes managed to find themselves into the wardrobes of almost every female across the world. They are most commonly used in formal occasions and social outings. All the high-heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer legs, a smaller foot, and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent. Stilettos-Invented as a high fashion accessory, these types of heels are very popular among women. Relatively thin high heels were certainly around in the late 19th century, it features long and very narrow heel post. Stilettos may vary in length from 1inch to 10 inches. History of women footwear was forever changed during 1954 when French designed Roger Vivier shocked the world with the introduction of his incredibly sexy and fashionable stiletto heels that were at the time viewed as one of the most extreme examples of showing-off female sexuality. As UK shoe designer Terry de Havillan said, "People say they're bad for the feet but they're good for the mind. What's more important?" Nude pumps – when in doubt, wear a nude pump. Totally versatile the nude pump is perfect neutral shoe to wear in any event with any outfit. Wedges- easier to wear. They give you the height and elongations you want with less stress on your foot than regular high heel shoes. Slingbacks- high heeled shoes that are secured not by over the top straps, but ones that go behind the heel. Mules- Shoes or slippers that have no fastenings around the ankle. They can have small or high heel, and only fastenings is located around the toes and lower part of feet. Ballet flats- They are popular in warm environments, and feature very low and flat heel. They’re great for work and the weekend, shopping, travelling. Court shoes- Popular high-heeled shoes that can be easily slipped-on. Court shoes were transformed from the integral part of the royal attire in France. Flip Flops- are a summertime craze. The sandals with the V-shaped straps turn up everywhere in eye-popping shades, from hot pink to lime green. They come adorned with spangles, flowers, and college logos. Peep-toe shoes-A women’s shoes in which there is an opening at the toe-box which allows the toes to show. Sandals- Popular throughout the history as one of the simplest footwear to be found. They feature minimal amount of straps that leave much of the foot exposed to the air. Slippers- Used mostly indoors, similar to sandals, only with the vamp that over one half of the foot. Mocassin- Popularized by Native Americans, this soft leather shoe has no heel and is usually intended for outdoors use. A moccasin is a shoe, made of deerskin or other soft leather, consisting of a sole and sides made of one piece of leather. The sole is soft and flexible and the upper part often is adorned with embroidery or beading. Platform shoe- It features very thick soles and heels. It was used in ancient Greece as a sign of wealth, and in recent times as a fashion item. Boots- Universal footwear for harsh environments, made from leather or rubber. Slip on shoe- Casual footwear that features no laces. Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style most commonly seen, known as a loafer. Sneakers- Popular casual shoes that are made from leather, canvas and rubber. They were introduced in 1917 and ever since they remain extremely popular across the world.

If you don’t think shoes are important, just ask Dorothy Gale and Cinderella. Cinderella is a proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life. Usually girls buy their first pair without mum at 14, then seven pairs a year for the rest of their lives amounting to 469 pairs. Your shoes also need a little bit of pampering sometimes. After all, happy shoes make for happy feet.