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Summer Ladies Poll

20 Aug

A Brief History of Heels in Time

15 May

Heeling Good About Yourself

Heels: Before and After Christ*

Approx. 4000 B.C.
Earliest depictions of shoes (flexible leather pieces held in place with lacings) in ancient Egyptian murals on tombs and temples.

Approx. 200 B.C.
Platform sandals called kothorni, with high wood or cork soles, become popular among Roman tragic actors.

Approx. 1000 A.D.
At Saxon weddings, father of the bride customarily presents the groom with one of the bride’s shoes, symbolizing transfer of his authority over her. The bride’s shoe is thrown to the bridesmaids; the one who catches it will be next to marry.

1154-1189
King Henry II of England popularizes shoes with narrow, pointed toes. Legend says they hid his deformed toes.

1189-1199
Knights of Richard the Lionhearted begin to wear sollerets, downward-curving pointed toes, to keep their feet from slipping out of stirrups.

1215
A law passed in Paris bans university professors from wearing shoes with long, pointed toes. However, shoe toes, a symbol of rank, grow longer and pointier during the next two centuries, culminating by about 1382 in the spiky-toed cracowe. Kings and princes sometimes wore toes 30 inches long.

1386
Knights fighting in the Battle of Sempach in Switzerland are forced to amputate their shoes’ long toes after dismounting before they can advance on foot.

Approx. 1500
Shoes begin to be made in two pieces, with a flexible upper attached to a heavier, stiffer sole. This leads to the introduction of the heel, devised as a better way of keeping a rider’s foot in the stirrup. Heeled boots for men quickly become fashionable.
1509-1547
Henry VIII of England favors wide-toed shoes, sometimes 12 inches across, which had to be stuffed to keep them on his feet.

1533
Short-statured Italian bride Catherine d’Medici, married at 14 to the Duke of Orleans, wears shoes with two-inch heels to exaggerate her height. The high heel may have been invented by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

1553-1558
Mary Tudor (“Bloody Mary”), another vertically challenged monarch, wears heels as high as possible. From this period until the early 19th century, high heels are frequently in vogue for both sexes.

Mid-1500s
An extreme shoe style called chopines, popular among women in Italy, Spain and France, had pedestals of cork or wood as tall as 24 inches. A Venetian lady wearing chopines needed two servants to help her in and out of a gondola.

1628
Pilgrims arrive in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A law is passed prohibiting “excess in bootes.”

1660
French shoemaker Nicholas Lestage, so clever at his trade that some accuse him of sorcery, becomes shoemaker to Louis XIV. The heels of Louis’s shoes, some decorated with miniature battle scenes, are as tall as five inches. High “Louis” heels are also fashionable for ladies.

1745
Madame de Pompadour, tiny-footed favorite of Louis XV, popularizes high, narrow “Pompadour” heels. Ladies tape their feet to reduce their apparent size and faint at court.

1793
Marie Antoinette ascends the scaffold to be executed wearing two-inch heels. However, in the wake of the French Revolution heels become lower than at any time in the 18th century.

1794
Quincy Reed opens America’s first retail shoe store in Boston. Around this period, Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) invents machines for cutting soles and riveting them to uppers.

Early 1800sB
Flat shoes and Grecian-style sandals become popular.

Approx. 1865
The “sneaker” or plimsoll, a canvas-topped, rubber-soled shoe, is invented for badminton and tennis. Ladies’ heel heights vary but stay below two inches during the rest of the century.

1904
The ladies’ “pump” or court shoe, a British invention, reaches America. Shoe stores begin to stock shoes with a range of widths around now.

Approx. 1955
Tall “stiletto” heels for women’s shoes, invented in Italy, become a fashion rage. Very pointed toes come into vogue for both sexes.

1970s
Return of the platform shoe.

1980s
Athletic shoes diversify and gain popularity. Some women begin wearing them to work or for commuting.

2100(Projected)
Women adopt holographic projections of heels, miss authenticity of painful blisters and wounds. HoloHeels create hipster revival of classic heels.
*Source: http://users.powernet.co.uk/wingett/History1.htm

Top 10 Things You Should NOT Bring to a First Date

27 Feb

You're selling yourself, not a car.

Having covered what to bring to a first date in a previous post, it’s time we turn to the things you should leave at home. Do NOT bring:

  1. Your best friend(s). Seriously, unless this was discussed beforehand and both parties co-signed the master agreement to bring people from their life to a romantic screening, do abstain from this terribly ill-advised idea. This goes without saying for most people, but you’d be surprised. Any good reason to bring a friend on a first date (the guy looks might be the Lopper, has a strange lisp/hunch/googly eyes suggesting a troll) questions why you’d want to be on that date in the first place. Any bad reason (vetting, insecurity, social experiment/”punking”) is just rude. Leave ‘em at home.
  2.  A hangover/alcohol poisoning. Yes, just because you foolishly scheduled a Sunday morning date after a Saturday-night bender doesn’t mean you should teetotal your way through a night out with friends. But if you care at all about the person you’re meeting the following day, you might want to eschew the riskier side of your raging behavior: funnels, keg stands, beer before liquor, hard drugs, questionable drunk food, etc. It might make for a good blog post later, but it won’t impress your date when you’re regurgitating last night’s dinner on his brand new loafers.
  3. A stick up your ass. You’ve already checked the mirror twice. Your hair and makeup look great. If you’re a guy, your eyebrows are in arch-ready mode. You smell good and your breath is impeccable. Now put you hands behind you and run them down your spine to your butt, verifying that there’s not any discernible objects sticking out of it. If there is, pull it out and discard it or, if you’re really attached, wrap it, wash it, and save it for non-date night.
  4. The keys to your “Beamer.” You might be driving to your date, in which case it’s perfectly legitimate to have your car keys with you. But whatever you do, do NOT casually play with them or drop them on the bar/table in front of your date. You might be the type of guy who likes to dangle his keys out of sheer habit, but the girl next to you will very likely assume that you’re douching off. Play it safe.
  5. An extremely elaborate, 2-hour story. Everyone loves a good story, and there’s no better way to kick off a real conversation between two people than exchanging some personal experiences. But no matter how awesome that time you got lost in the woods for a week was, or the full transcript of the lecture on macrobiotic nutrition you just attended, keep in mind that your date may have something interesting to say as well. Do not monopolize the conversation. If you need an audience for your monologues, write a one-man show or troll some online forums.
  6. Your racial fetish. Maybe you’ve got yellow/jungle/vanilla (?) fever. Alright, it’s not the worst affliction; in fact, it might be really fun. But the girl/guy you’re going out with likely doesn’t want to be thought of as a fetish (unless, of course, both parties are on the same page from the start). They probably want to be appreciated for their brilliance, wit, charm, and passions and not the color of their skin or the curvature of their nose. Save it for the 36th date.
  7. Heels. Why, girls. …Why?
  8. Dishonest profiles/photos. One of the most common complaints you’ll hear from women is that guys lie about their height. It is understandable that when it comes to a measurable asset that can immediately disqualify a guy from consideration, he might be tempted to “pad his resume” an inch or two. Personally, I find this pretty tacky, but if a one-inch lie can produce an amazing connection, who’s to judge. One of the most common complaints you’ll hear from both genders is that people post deceptive photos. Not much you can do here. You can put your best face on, but there is no sense at using crazy angles, concealing missing limbs, etc. If you want your partner to be comfortable with who you are you have to show that you’re comfortable with it first and foremost
  9.  “Mickeys.” Guys, no. If you’re going to Roofie someone, Roofie yourself. Your date may need a little “inspiration” to get more affectionate, and a nice bottle of wine along with some impressively obscure verse does just fine, but she’s not looking for “aggressive seduction.”
  10. A wedding ring. Whatever your reasons (you’re already in love and bent on proposing/you forgot to take off your wedding ring before going on a pre-affair screening date), you should probably polish that ring and leave it at home. Girls might want to see it at some point, but a cocktail and some trail mix will do for now.