"We don't know who created the heel but women owe him a lot."
We decided to research a bit on the history of the heel, today. Let's see if we can help Merlin; and you.
Heel historyKnown as needle, flute, rapier and spike, the stiletto heel arrived to the fashion world in beginning of the 1950s. How? - On a classic pump and a pointed toe with a four inches heel. Although we do not know exactly whom to thank for this the greatest creation, Ferragamo, Albanese of Rome and Dal Co produced "need heels" around 1953 in Italy and about the same time Roger Viviier created his version in Paris.
At the very beginning, stilettoes had a pretty bad reputation. Doctors warned ladies against them due to the frequency of breaking ankles they caused. Nevertheless, by the end of the 1950s stilettos were the only shoes a stylish and fashionable woman wore. They became a symbol of sexuality, style and elegancy ever since.