If you are looking for a shoe that says, “That girl is on fire!” look no further. A red closed-toe pump is a powerful shoe and a sure way to garner a red-hot first impression.
During the 16th century, European royalty wore high-heeled shoes to make them appear larger than life. The term “well-heeled” implied that the wearer was wealthy and held a place of authority. High heels change the wearer’s body position, creating a more upright carriage and straighter posture.
Social theorist and poet Judy Grahn links the pump to women’s menstruation rituals. She asserts that heels were derived from an ancient New Ireland custom that while a woman was menstruating her feet should not come into contact with the ground. Women started to fasten items such as coconut shells to the bottoms of their feet to keep them elevated. Eventually, the practice evolved into what we know as high heels. It also reveled what I believe to be the true meaning of PMS—Please Make Shoes.
The color red is associated with blood and heat, which represent life and passion. Red is a bold, vibrant color that draws attention to the person wearing it. Imagine the closed toe as offering protection and, together with the color, a sense of blazing confidence.