Going to Great Heights- How to Select a Pair of High Heeled Shoes
There is no denying that although not the best shoe style for women medically (high heeled shoes put pressure on the front part of the foot by pushing it forward and down and bending the toes up in an unnatural position) high heeled shoes are stylish, elegant and can make any women feel sexier. High-heeled shoes have a simple definition, they are shoes which raise the heel of the wearer's foot significantly higher than the toes. High-heeled shoes come in a number of different styles, different materials and can be purchased in almost any color of the rainbow.
Most high heels are one color but some have patterns such as leopard print. High-heeled shoes come in a variety of shapes also, such as block, blade, stiletto, tapered and wedge.
What exactly equals a high heeled shoe has been long debated. The norm for most women is a heel between two and three inches because it can be comfortably walked in while still providing some extra height. It is women in the minority who wear heels that are four inches and over and those classed as extremely high heeled tend to be the domain of entertainers and/or are purchased for those harboring shoe fetishes. The higher the heel the less practical it is for wear on a more or less steady basis.
In order to decide whether or not to wear high-heeled shoes or to decide what style of high heels a woman is interested in wearing she must consider her reasons for wearing them. One of the most obvious reasons is height. Lots of women (especially petite ones) want to appear taller and high heels make that happen. It is a form of an optical illusion in a sense. Longer legs (much like a Barbie doll's legs) appear extremely sensuous and this look appeals to most women (and most men). The angle of the foot is altered in respect to the bottom half of the leg when high heels are worn, which causes it to shorten and also makes the calves of the legs stand out.
Many women wear high-heeled shoes for the sexual element inherent in it. One's body is shifted in a different way, which is very sexy. In other words, high-heeled shoes bring about a change in gait and posture that thrusts the derriere further back and brings more of a sway to the hips, which lends itself to an air of eroticism. Some high heels (such as strappy sandals in summertime) show off the sole of the foot and many believe that to be very sexual in nature. As well stiletto heels are considered by many men and women alike to be off the charts sexy.
Today most women own a few pairs of high heeled shoes, some geared for business purposes and others for social occasions. Over the past sixty years high heeled shoes have been at times extremely popular and at other times, not as much so. Lower heeled shoes were all the rage in the late 1960s and early 1970s but then higher heels took over as the in shoes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then in the late 1990s lower heels and flatties took over as the popular style once again. With the turn of the century there has become a greater acceptance of a variety of shoes, everything from the high-heeled shoe to the lowest heel and everything in between. Different heel shapes have also come in and out of style. During the 1950s and now, post- 2000 stiletto heels are popular while the 1970s saw the block heel as in and in the 1990s it was the tapered heel.
In deciding what pair of high-heeled shoe is right for the occasion a woman needs some fashion know-how. What is considered to be the little black dress of shoes is a low-heeled sophisticated black pump. This is the most responsible of all heels, a pair of pumps that are at home for a business meeting or an early dinner. The new black high heeled shoe is a neutral pump. But don't think white, think beige, cream or off white instead. A black dressy high heel is a must for all those show stopping social occasions such as a dance, party or elegant dinner extravaganza. Look for a black high heeled dress shoe that is not too strappy but yet not too clunky- instead for understated charm and elegance, with a touch of sexiness thrown in for good measure! Just as in the basic pumps category, black is great but not enough. When you need something just a little bit more glitzy and glamorous get noticed wearing a pair of metallic high-heeled dress shoes. Gold or silver never looked so hot!
Kite surfing equipment: what you need to get started
With the correct equipment, the kite surfer is ready for an exciting journey.
There are 5 different categories of equipment that a beginner kite surfer needs. These are the kite including the kite's bridle, the lines, the kite control device including safety release system, the board including fins, foot strap or binding and leash and the kite surfer including harness, life jacket, water shoes and helmet.
Any traction kite, which is a large controllable kite that can generate pull while flying, can be used for this sport. Kites that are relaunchable and high performance are the most desirable. Relaunchable kites are ones that are relaunched from the water after a fall and high performance can be used for jumping and upwind sailing. Another desirable trait of a kite is power control; this is the ability to control the power of the kite dynamically on the water, producing a wider wind range for the kite. There are three types of kites on the market today, all with a certain amount of relaunchability. These types are inflatable kites, framed single skin kites and Ram airfoil kites. For a beginner, the inflatable kites are best.
The numbers of lines to use are 2, 3 or 4 and depend on the type of kite the surfer is using. Most kite surfers use a 2-line kite surfing system because the simplicity and a 4-line system for more control of the kite. The line type should be any good traction line. The characteristics to look for when looking for a line are to use either Spectra or Kevlar lines, use floatable lines, use 400-500 pound lines for the main lines and 200 pound for the brake lines. Line strength is actually a function of kite surfer's weight. In a 2-line kite, the lines should have a minimum strength equal to 2.5 times the surfer's weight. In a 4-line kite, the main lines should have a minimum strength equal to 2 times the surfer's weight while the brake line should equal the surfer's weight. Tie these lines to the kite's bridle using a lark's head knot at the end of the line. Spectra and Kevlar line cannot be tied to itself, so a sleeve will need to be used with the knots being tied in that section. Tying these knots will reduce the strength of the line by 30-40%, so if using knots, multiply the line strength by 3/2. To avoid this loss, sewing the sleeves together to form a loop is an option or splicing the line. The length of the lines used depends on the size of the kite and the wind condition, although line lengths between 20m and 40m are commonly used.
The kites are normally controlled by a control bar with either 2 lines or 4 lines, depending on the type of kite it is. A 2-line control bar is used for a 2-line kite, a 4-line control bar for a 4-line inflatable kite and a pair of handles or a 4-line control bar for a 4-line foil. Control devices allow a kite surfer to pilot the kite to fly anywhere within the range of where the surfer's eyes can see when facing straight down wind. A deadman safety release system should be on any control device being used. This safety release system has the capability to disable the kite completely even if the surfer is unconscious. This system will also make retrieval of the kite and the control device so the kite will not be lost.
Kite surfing boards can be anything from water skis, wakeboards, windsurfing boards, or boards make specifically for kite surfing. There are two types of kite surfing boards, bi-directional and directional. Bidirectional boards are normally very thin, barely floatable with out a kite and use straps or bindings to attach the surfer's feet to the board. These boards are used for jumping and exotic moves in high winds. Bidirectional boards are the choice among most kite surfers because they are easier to control when jumping and jibing. Directional boards a slightly thinner than a normal surfboard, has sharper edges and has 2 or 3 footstraps. These boards are used for speed and light wind conditions, but can be used for jumping and exotic moves. They are not as popular with surfer's wanting to do jumps and exotic moves because they are larger than bidirectional and are harder to control in high wind conditions. These boards may or may not have fins or leashes depending on the preference of the surfer. Board selection is important and depends on the conditions at the beach such as high winds or light winds. A good rule-of-thumb for board selection is that the board surface should be proportional to the square root of the rider weight.
The kite surfer is also another important piece of equipment used with this sport. With this in mind, a kite surfer body will need a harness system that temporarily attaches to the control device, a life jacket, water shoes, a thick wet suit and a helmet. With this equipment, the kite surfer is ready for an exciting journey.