Buying stripper shoes can be traumatic if you do not know where to buy them from or know what style you would prefer. Stripper shoes are generally high-heeled platform shoes which have a heel which is over 3.5inches and a platform. They are not uncomfortable as one would imagine. They are much more comfortable than the high heels with spikes.
Many people associate the platform shoe with strippers but footwear with a platform has been around since the 16th century. Since this time they have had a number of uses such as being worn in the 18th century to avoid the muck in the streets and they became part of mainstream fashion in the late 1990s.
Prior to them entering into mainstream fashion they seem to have been worn primarily for the sake of attracting attention. They attract men because the platform and heel elongate the leg, making the wearer look youthful, tall and slender similar to a young girl. Men find this attractive. High heeled platforms are still worn today to attract male attention. They have the added advantage that they improve the posture of the wearer making them taller still and more alluring.
There are a number of styles of platforms worn by strippers and pole fitness fans. A number of which are highlighted below.
The Mary Jane style of shoe worn by dancers is one which has a strap to hold the shoe on the foot which has a platform of 3-6 inches and a 1 inch sole. The shoe has a single strap across the bridge of the foot to hold the shoe on the foot and a strap around the ankle. This style of shoe is ideal for those new to wearing high platform shoes.
Mules are slip on platform shoes, which lack a back and are frequently closed toe shoes. In the early twentieth century, mules were often associated with prostitutes. The word mule is French in origin. These shoes are probably not a good idea if you are going to be performing inverts as they may land on your head or in the audience.