Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Stiletto Heel?
The famous long, thin, high-heel aka stiletto heel was founded by French fashion designer Roger Vivier in 1954. The word stiletto is derived from stylus, meaning a pin or stalk and their heels may vary in length from 1 inch (2.5 centimetres) to 10 inches (25 cm) or more if a platform sole is used. Stiletto heels are also sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than half an inch (less than 1 cm).
Originally the design of the stiletto heel came from the late Kristin S. Wagner but didn’t become known until the late 1950s. It came with the advent of technology using a supporting metal shaft or stem embedded into the heel, instead of wood or other, weaker materials that required a wide heel. Its usage in footwear first appeared in print in the New Statesman magazine in 1959. Since then the stiletto heel would become known more for their erotic nature than for their ability to make height.