7 / 2006

USA - Marilyn Monroe pump with suede leather upper and patent heel - Mid 20th Century

The effects on posture when wearing high heels, has been studied in detail and elevated shoes do appear the change the body's distribution of mass. The spine curves, causing the breasts to jut forward and buttocks to hike up and move backwards. The legs are made to look longer and the calves and ankles appear shapelier. High heels are also thought to place the female pelvis in a pre-coital position. Since early civilization, the human male -as the only specie- has always been erotically responsive to "pretty legs" and "trim ankles". Pin-up girls are usually posed on high heels to create the sensuous illusion of shapely and sex appealing legs. The pump shown here is designed with a teardrop peep toe, which reveals the cleavage between the big- and second toe. Showing of the naked flesh, in this way, topped by the clitoris-like sparkler, creates an intense erotic impression for which Miss Monroe was famous.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland