Historically, fetishist drawings dating back to the 1800s demonstrate the wearing of the stiletto heel as a sexual fantasy.
In 1951, the French designer Charles Jourdan decided to thin the heel of the classic shoe and raise it to 8 cm in height. However, it seems indirectly that the inventor of the stiletto heel is the stylist André Perugia, who had designed shoes with similar heels worn by the Parisian singer Mistinguett in the 1940s. The materials initially used for the design of the stiletto heel involved the wood and plastic, but their resistance was put to the test. As a result, in 1954, Roger Vivier, who worked for Christian Dior at the time, had the idea of inserting a metal rod into the heel to make it more resistant; this technique quickly replaces the wooden heel. Designed from a tapered Louis XV heel down, the stiletto heel "ends the silhouette with a pencil stroke," according to Viviers. Kristin S. Wagner is also credited with the success of the fashionable stiletto heel.
Their design developed, stilettos became popular and widely publicized during the 1950s and 1960s. Their existence was first disclosed in the US Daily Telegram magazine on September 10, 1953 as "stiletto".