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February 21st, 2017

Re-Engineering the High Heel Shoe

With the current selection of high heels available on the market, beauty comes at cost—hurting both your wallet and your feet. For centuries, stiletto high heels have been built using a thin metal rod to support body weight at the heels. The structure of the stiletto distributes more body weight to the toes than the heel, raises the wearer’s center of mass, and causes low-back pain. Fortunately, California-based shoe company, Thesis Couture, has taken the necessary steps to combat these detriments in the traditional stiletto heel.

Thesis Couture’s new technology claims to make high heels more comfortable for wearers by designing shoes engineered to redistribute load, minimize impact shock, and reduce fatigue. They are made of high-technology polymers in the heel structure instead of a metal rod to support the body. Their Thesis LIFT™ technology promises to optimize balance and support. Another interesting feature is the increase in surface area at the tip of the heel in comparison with traditional stilettos. Thesis’s independent testing validates that LIFT™ reduces the weight on the balls of the feet from 80% to 60% when compared to traditional 4-inch heels.

In a world where standing workstations rise in popularity, why shouldn’t heel height rise as well? Companies such as Thesis Couture work to put the “fashion versus function” battle to rest so that high heel wearers are no longer confined to seated work stations, kicking their heels off under their desk and wishing they had bought more practical shoes.