Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. Kenneth Cole billboard got it right: It's not a walk of shame if you are wearing the right shoes. And please remember this one: When the sun goes down, the heel goes up....

Catherine de' Medici understood their purpose, and so do we. Once we step into them, we stand with confidence and authority. We exude a more regal air and make heads turn. And yes, let's not forget - we look a helluva lot taller!   Now that's the...