Thursday, August 2, 2012

High heels and books

What comes to your mind when you see the picture of high heels on the cover of a book? Leisure, sexuality, sophistication, high status, prostitution?

All of the above are correct. In ancient Rome, female prostitutes were easily identified by their high heels. And during the middle ages, the Venetian women wore high heels as a symbol of social standing.

But it wasn’t until the 1500s that the high heels were officially invented as fashion by (or attributed to) Catherine Medici who engaged to the King of France didn’t feel confident in her short height, especially when the King had a mistress much taller than herself. So petite Medici put on heels two inches higher to give her physique a taller silhouette. As you can imagine, all the ladies of the court followed with the fashion.

Of course that Napoleon banished them with the Revolution in an attempt to show equality but they rose again in the 1860s. Although today we prefer more comfortable shoes for everyday laboring, high heels are still in popular demand. So popular that they adorn the cover of books when a story is about, well, leisure, sexuality, sophistication, high status, or prostitution.

Here are some books with high heels on their cover. Can you guess what the book is about from the picture and the title? If not, click on the image to read more about each book on Goodreads.