The heel is the bottom rear part of a shoe. Its function is to support the heel of the foot. They are often made of the same material as the sole of the shoe. This part can be high for fashion or to make the person look taller, or flat for more practical and comfortable use. On some shoes the inner forward point of the heel is chiselled off, a feature known as a "gentleman's corner". This piece of design is intended to alleviate the problem of the points catching the bottom of trousers and was first observed in the 1930s. A heel is the projection at the back of a shoe which rests below the heel bone. The shoe heel is used to improve the balance of the shoe, increase the height of the wearer, alter posture or other decorative purposes. Sometimes raised, the high heel is common to a form of shoe often worn by women, but sometimes by men too. See also stiletto heel.
Alan Flusser, who released the pivotal book, Dressing The Man in 2002, has recently come out with an abridged version of his 1996 work, Style And The Man. Besides dressing Michael Douglas in Wallstreet, Pacino in Scent of A Woman, and Bale in American Psycho he has spent a great deal of time and energy sharing Old World shirting, suiting, and style techniques.
In his afterword/evaluation of The New Historicism, Stanley Fish excoriated metalanguage as such, arguing that reflection on the rules of any particular discourse, game, or practice cannot lead to more than tiny institutional modifications. The cost of reminding "new historicists" that they cannot transform the conditions of historical representation is Fish's absolutist, dogmatic irony: "openness is nothing more (or less) than a resolution to be differently closed" (Fish, 310). A beginning has ended before it has begun. One wonders what Fish would say if he could be persuaded that some arts and humanities scholarly books in the United States are published as much for political and marketing reasons as for their additions to knowledge. Is it just another historical-ironic fact that a distinguished historian at a renowned university sells three to four hundred copies of an "important" book? 2b1af7f3a8