First worn in ancient Egypt and Persia by the elite to elevate their height and status, the heel was brought back into fashion by elegant Queens such as Catherine De Medici and Mary Tudor, eventually being chosen by men such as Louis XIV, as a look on Tumblr will show. Perhaps no other shoe is quite as divisive as one bearing a high heel—people either love or hate wearing them. Today of course they come in so many styles and materials that fans are spoilt for choice. From the pretty summer wedge to the lower-heeled vintage shoes to the cute espadrille, for many fashionistas a heel is absolutely necessary no matter the style of shoe or occasion.

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