The High Heel Index: We'll be wearing high heels again shortly

Studies confirm that shoe heels get higher after global crises. Instead of sports shoes, high heels are increasingly being seen on the runways.


At first it was said that we use more lipstick in times of crisis - in times of mask requirements, this index for the current pandemic crisis has not proven to be true for the first time.

But now a book from 2008 is causing a sensation. In 'Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe' the so-called 'High Heels Index' is shown. Author Elizabeth Semmelhack has compiled studies that all confirm that after a global crisis, shoe heels will rise for several years.

'During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the oil crisis in the 1970s and when the dot-com bubble burst in the 2000s, heels rose noticeably,' says the fashion expert, who has authored several books on shoes .

Various studies actually suggest this connection. This is also the case with a scientific analysis in which the issues of US Vogue from 1950 to 2014 were examined according to the height of high heels on the fashion photos. When the unemployment rate was highest, so were sales.

Exactly for the real estate crisis in 2008, shoe designer Christian Louboutin also designed his extreme high heels with 20-centimeter heels.

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