Lower shoe prices for who?

November 20, 2008 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

The AAFA “American Apparel & Footwear Association” has spearheaded many efforts over the past eight years since it was formed in August of 2000 to eliminate taxes and duties on virtually every type of footwear sold in the U.S.A. They were victorious in getting a reduction or elimination of duties on many different types of footwear through the Miscellaneous Trade Bill process. They now are leading the way to the elimination of a bill that has been in place since the 1930′s. This bill was passed during the Great Depression that resulted from the stock market crash in 1929 and ran until 1941 when the U.S.A. entered World War II. The purpose of this bill was to levy a tax on footwear that was not made in the U.S.A. in hopes that it would lower the cost of US made shoes while also protecting the American workers’ jobs. Today most footwear sold in the U.S.A. is not made here, but is manufactured overseas in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand and India. So as we can see, although the bill may have helped in the short run of lowering prices, the 1930′s bill was unable to protect the American jobs by keeping the shoe factories here in the U.S.A. open. For this reason the Affordable Footwear Act (H.R. 3934/S. 2372) is on the table in Congress. If Congress passes this bill when they return for a lame duck session to also vote on the stimulus package, this would mean the elimination of the old 1930 bill. So what does all this mean to you? The hope is by dropping the duties being collected on footwear that is no longer being manufactured in the U.S., but is still being imported into the United States, that it would convert to lower prices on such footwear for the consumer. But is this going happen? Although this sounds good and it looks real good on paper, we do not believe the consumer is ever going to see this price drop, and if they do it will be small in comparison to what it should be. Although we here at The High Heel Store are very proactive on providing the lowest prices, the truth is we are not the manufacturer of the products we sell. Many manufacturers of footwear that is sold here in the U.S. are not actual manufacturers either, but are more of an importer. They purchase their products from actual manufacturing plants from around the world, have their label put on the product, and import the product to the U.S. Many “importers” do not own the plants where their product is being made and the plants make products for many U.S. importers. One plant may make products for several U.S. importers / manufacturers. So who is making out with this bill? Since the importers will no longer pay duties on products that are made outside the U.S., the U.S. importers will be the ones making out. The only way the consumer will ever see this price drop is if the importer passes it on to the retailer, and only if the retailer passes it on to the consumer. We do not feel this is going to happen and feel that the tax break is only going to help the big money in this industry and not the middle and lower income people who actually need it. Maybe this is why over a dozen CEO’s of footwear companies have jumped on this bandwagon. Now through all this if your wondering where we stand here at The High Heel Store, we would like to go on record and say we are all for any bill that helps with the financial burden of the working class men and women here in the U.S. We would also like to add that we are against putting more money into big business’ pockets on the promise of lower prices for U.S. consumers. We will have to wait and see how all this unfolds and see where the savings really stop, but rest assured if we see the savings we will pass it on to you. And I’m sure most reputable retailers will also do the same.

There are many web sites and blogs buzzing about the possible lowering of prices on shoes. We would like to take this time and inform our visitors that this bill is NOT targeting most of the types of products we sell. The AFA is predominately geared towards low-cost rubber-soled fabric upper shoes and children’s shoes and not high heels. Only a very small portion of our products like our children’s costume footwear and also some of our Gothic line may be affected. This bill also ONLY affects footwear that is not made by ANY manufacturer here in the U.S. But please rest assured that if we do see any savings on our products, we will pass it on to you.


Gun Heeled Shoes

November 10, 2008 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, New Styles and Discontinued
Well another week and we go from the stress of an election to the stress of the holidays. With all that we do not really need any added stress, especially stress over our shoes. Now you may or may not have seen all the images or read all the stories of the new lines that are coming out this spring, as there are many and most of them I like.
There is one shoe though in particular I would like to point out as I feel it has a major design flaw. This shoe is the Gun Heel that was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Shoes and were seen in Miami at the 2009 Resort Runway Presentation. Now before we go into the many flaws
of this shoe, I would like to go on record that I’m not in any way trying to put down or discredit Karl or Chanel in any way. I love their products and I believe Karl’s designs are top notch and they reflect his passion for what he does, as he is truly one of the best. With that though I have to also state that it is not the design but the construction of this shoe that I believe is flawed. Many times a designer has an idea and on paper it looks great, but it is not feasible or structurally sound. This is what I believe happened here.
To the left you see and image of a Gun Heel shoe. While this shoe looks great, it has what I believe are flaws that will lead to the breaking of the heel and possibly injury to the wearer. I would like to point out first the white arrows, drawing your attention to the thickness of the material. This is not thick enough to prevent wobbling of the heel in a side to side motion or back to front. This wobble will cause undue strain on the mounting point “purple arrow” causing it to
eventually fatigue and break. The next factor in this is the point of the heel “the blue arrow”. The shape of this is round making it very easy for the heel to rock back and forth. Although this normally would not be a factor as most heels are round, it’s placement makes it so. As seen by the red line, the point is in front of the heel of the foot on the person wearing it and is not located under it as most heels are, which makes it so the persons weight is not centered over the heel but behind it. Which brings me to the green arrow. The gap here is the main issue. This gap lets the back of the shoe drop down putting even more stress on the thin material and the mounting screw. If the handle of the gun was fastened to the bottom of the shoe eliminating this gap then there would not be an issue. But as it stands, the 1 1/4″ area shown by the purple arrow is all that is preventing this heel from moving and it is not enough.
This is my view of how this shoe should be made. I tried to keep the overall look of the shoe in mind while also fixing any possible issues. I started by increasing the thickness of the shoe bottom to prevent any possible wobble of the heel as weight is applied from the person wearing the shoe. I then flattened the barrel of the gun giving the heel more surface area to the ground. Then I changed the handle of the gun slighty to remove
the gap and also to provide another fasten point to secure the heel to the shoe. Lastly I branded the handle of the gun with their logo not only to add accent to the gun, but also to show at a glance the brand. These few changes I believe would make this shoe much easier to walk in and also make the shoe itself last much longer then its predecessor.

The Highest Heel also has come out with their own version of this shoe that is available now. You don’t have to wait until spring ’09 to get yourself a pair of gun heels, nor pay hundreds of dollars to get them. We are carrying the new gun heels designed by Highest Heel / Global Footwear. Now these are not the same design as those by Chanel, nor do they carry the same price tag or possible flaws. There are two pair of sandals, one pair of pumps and one pair of calf high boots that feature this unique designed heel, all of which are a five inch platform. You can find these shoes on our site quickly by searching the word “Gun” without the quotes in the search box.


How high is high enough?

November 07, 2008 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, New Styles and Discontinued
Hello Friends

I hope everyone had a chance to get out and vote. The election has made history, but history is also being made here in the fashion world as well. Now if you have not seen and heard, designers are designing high heels of an monsterous height. Reports are stating that high heels of 5 to 6 inches are in style, with designers coming out with 8 inch high heels for next year.

Photo from estresmodes.com
With this I have to ask how high is too high? Manolo Blahnik, who is a very well known and respected designer, for over the past 20 years has designed shoes with heels no higher than 5 inches. But Manolo Blahnik has announced that he will be raising his heel height from 5 inches to six. Manolo Blahnik though is not the only one leading this pack. Christian Louboutin recently declared that he will produce the first 8 inch stiletto heel outside the world of fetish. Now the world outside the world of fetish is the key here. These shoes are not anything new. They have been around for a long time, but have always been put off as a “fetish” heel. Now that well known designers are creating them and they have been seen on the fashion runway, they have made the change from being “fetish” to fashion. But why the push? Why are designers starting to design heels of this height? Manolo Blahnik says that 6-inch heels already account for about 30% of his company’s business.
Women, instead of rejecting the extreme heels, can’t seem to get enough of them. So the height is pushed up as the designers respond to what women want. Is this true or has fetish become common place? Some have compared high heels to drugs, even stating that wearing them gives such a feeling to some that they want more and the only way to get more is to go higher. I’m not sure if I agree with all of that, but for some men and women it sure seems to be the case. No matter how you look at it though, it is clear that fetish is no longer fetish but has become mainstream. The question though we have to ask is will this trend keep going? And if so how high will it go? Will one day people be walking down the street 8 feet tall? The image to the left is from a site call Estresmodes, and they sell some of the highest heels we have ever seen. The boot in the image is a 100 cm platform thigh high boot. That is a little over 3 feet in height! The average height of a woman is just over 5 foot tall here in the USA. That would make the woman 8 foot tall and feeling bullet proof! Could you picture yourself walking down the street in these? I’m not sure how I would react to be honest. Now I do not think that fashion will ever get to this point, but no one thought that 8 inch heels would ever become fashion, but it has. So where do we draw the line? Where does it stop? The truth is no one knows. I personally believe that it will top out at the 8 or 9 inch mark as anything higher crosses the line from fashion to gaudy, but think about it…walking down the street just once 8 feet tall. What fun as long as you do not fall down.

estresmodes.com is in no way an affiliate of The High Heel Store. They are though the only ones we know of that sell heels of this height.