Alchemy means a 4in heel can turn any woman into a goddess, says shoe designer RUPERT SANDERSON
Whenever a woman steps into a pair of 4 inch heels, something magical happens.
Her silhouette changes immediately: her head rises, her back arches, her shoulders widen slightly and her calf muscles bundle. From that moment on she literally walks higher.
Any higher heel, and you push things. Lower, and those silhouette changes don’t quite happen in the same way.
As a shoe designer I constantly strive to combine balance with beauty. A 4 inch heel is really the sweet spot.
Only a woman can explain herself how she feels when she wears heels, but it’s wonderful when a woman comes into my shop with low heels or a pair of sneakers, and as she puts on heels she seems to step through a magical portal; suddenly she seems confident in a different way.
It seems to be more common now that the lockdowns are over and glamor is making its way back into our lives.
You can see that incredible transformative effect in the Duchess of Cambridge, who, I’m proud to say, often wears my 4-inch Malory pumps.
Shoe designer Rupert Sanderson says 4-inch heels are the sweet spot. Pictured here is Kate in heels leaving the Design Museum in Kensington in May this year
Rupert Sanderson says heels help those who wear them “walk longer.” Pictured here is the Duchess wearing blue heels visiting Bletchley Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings
Take the blue pair she wore on a visit to Glasgow in May; or the nude pair perfectly paired with an aqua shalwar kameez-inspired dress for her tour of Pakistan.
She is a mother of three – someone who knows the great comfort and usefulness of a pair of trainers – and she has an important public role, one that has the whole world watching.
The Duchess uses a stiletto heel as part of her sartorial arsenal to transform herself from a busy mother into one of the world’s most photographed women.
She is tall, but in heels she becomes dominant, often sticking her head above the men in the room.
Last Thursday was the perfect example, when she wore a pair of pink stilettos with an Alexander McQueen trouser suit to a meeting with Health Minister Sajid Javid of the Royal Institution.
The height of her heels, combined with a natural grace, may be one of the reasons why the Duchess shoots so well – photographers get those beautiful clear shots because they can see her so clearly.
Rupert Sanderson says the Duchess of Cambridge will be ‘commander’. Pictured here is Kate wearing white heels as she arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, in March, as part of a royal tour of the Caribbean
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of nude heels paired with an aqua shalwar kameez-inspired dress for her tour of Pakistan. Here’s her arrival at Nur Khan Pakistan Air Force Base in October 2019
I can understand that many women are concerned about the heel height. If you’re already a tall woman, another 4 inches can easily take you past 6 feet.
Others may associate high heels with pain. I understand they can be difficult to wear if you are not used to them.
I can’t speak for the Duchess, but she doesn’t seem to have any discomfort on her heels – she spends a lot of time on her feet, and all the time in the public eye.
Many of my clients wear 4 inch heels all the time – for work and for pleasure – and they say they feel just as comfortable in them as they do in a pair of slippers! All that has really happened is that they have gotten used to how to wear them.
Of course, the quality of the shoe’s design, materials and workmanship will always make a difference when it comes to comfort. My shoes are made from the finest leather and are designed to be as supportive as possible. It will certainly help if you spend as much as you can afford.
I hope a 4 inch heel finds a place in every woman’s wardrobe.
They can have a strengthening effect; they can change your mood.
SCIENCE BEHIND THE DUCHESSE’S STILETTOS
Here, LIBBY GALVIN looks at the facts and figures…
Pictured are the shoes the Duchess of Cambridge wore at Windsor Castle for the traditional Easter Sunday church service on April 17 this year
The high-heeled Duchess of Cambridge’s love affair isn’t just about aesthetics — there’s science to back her affinity for 4-inch stilettos.
While you may wonder if heels are the cause of your bunions or bad back, studies have shown that shoes like Kate’s can be good for you, increase your social influence and, if worn occasionally, can even strengthen your legs.
4-inch heels can increase your ankle strength — at least for a while. A 2015 study of women who frequently wore 10 cm (4 in) heels found that over the first one to three years of wearing them, their ankle strength increased. dr. Jee Yong-Seok, a professor of exercise physiology at Hanseo University who worked on the study, explained that “wearing high-heeled shoes can initially lead to adjustment and increased strength,” but it’s best to wear them. wear occasionally, as four years of constant use deteriorates balance, making heel wearers more prone to injury.
Kate is of course safe, because she regularly swaps her high heels for supportive sneakers and sporty sneakers.
BOOST YOUR STATUS
A study published this year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that a woman in the photo wearing high heels was perceived as having higher social status than someone wearing low-heeled shoes. In addition, a French study found that if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she is almost 50 percent more likely to have a man get the glove for her than if she were sitting in a pair of flats.
She is also twice as likely to convince men to stop and answer survey questions on the street.
In any case, the height of the heel played an important role: the woman who stopped by passers-by to answer her survey got a response rate of 46.7 percent while wearing flat shoes; a 63 percent response rate in 2-inch heels and an 83 percent success rate wearing nearly four-inch heels.
THEY MAY BE BETTER FOR YOU THAN APARTMENTS!
Wearing completely flat shoes like flip flops or ballet pumps can be worse for your feet than wearing heels, because heels provide at least arch support, podiatric experts say.
And while studies have shown that dancing in 4-inch heels puts undue pressure on the toes, a 2010 study found that changing the heel height from 4 inches to 3 inches, or just under 2 inches, made only a limited difference. made for the force exerted on the foot – suggesting that if you wear heels to dance, you might as well go as high as Her Royal Highness.