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[[caption-width-right:250: Stylish, comfy and excellent for a night of Crime Fighting and a Date, Dinner and Coffee later. Blood Removal sold separately.]]

->''"Ugh! Can we have a serious talk about how Weiss ''fights'' in these!?"''
-->-- '''[[TheHero Ruby Rose]]''', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''

Thanks to SexSells and RuleOfSexy, {{Action Girl}}s will often wear high heels to complement the rest of their {{Stripperiffic}} [[PaintedOnPants outfits]].

In comics this is often DependingOnTheArtist: artist A will use it in moderation, artist B will draw practical shoes, but artist C will insist on drawing high heels on all female characters regardless of reason, situation, or even if it's her usual style. While this can be part of MostWritersAreMale trend, this tend to appear equal often with Female Writers as well, [[RuleOfSexy for]] [[{{Escapism}} various]] [[AuthorAppeal reasons]]. [[note]]Just for reference, any heel less than three inches is excluded from this trope.[[/note]]

There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynistic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or that they are only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other, but regardless some women become very good at keeping their balance in heels.

%%Regardless of your opinion, remember that TropesAreNotBad, there is no need to make edit wars to justify it and that they are in the end works of fiction, not documentaries or "How To" guides to use them in real life.

Not to be confused with [[KnifeNut a combat stiletto]], nor [[ShoeSlap shoes being directly used as weapons]]. See RuleOfSexy, ImpossiblyCoolClothes and TheseTropesAreMadeForWalking. Compare KickChick and WithMyHandsTied, as this trope may sometimes be used together with the said two.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Birdy in ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'', though it appears to be justified in that they function as rocket boosters.
* For a male example, Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'' wears stilettos when in demon form.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[ActionGirl Ana ]]usually fights in heels, as do many of the villains, male and female. One opponent takes this to its logical extreme and just wears giant blades underneath his feet.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Supplemental material reveals that the Knight Sabres are actually on tiptoe while wearing their [[PoweredArmor hardsuits]], because their armored boots are like a ballet slipper with a heel. The tech manual also states the heel is filled with a shock absorbing gel, which cushions the impact of harder landings.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'': Yohko's devil hunter attire includes a red pair of high-heeled pumps. Not only does she fight in them, she's even shown capable of sprinting through forests and across rugged terrain, without any signs of difficulty, as though she were in track shoes!
* Quite a few feminine ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' that look [[BishonenLine more humanoid]] in their higher levels have them, such as [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Angewomon]] and [[Anime/DigimonTamers Sakuyamon]]. Many of them possess some form of flight, though, so movement is a non-issue.
* Due to author Mamoru Nagano's ever-present fascination with genderqueers, a great many of the [[HumongousMecha Mortar Headds]] from ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' have stiletto-esque heel-struts built into their legs. Actually becomes a plot point in one story arc, when two characters use their mech's collapsible heel-struts to slip out of an opponent's gripping attack.
* Agent Ginrei from ''Manga/GiantRobo'' wears a pair of white ones.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** Hisoka has no problem arena fighting with high heels on.
** Likewise, the butler Canary, who is also a BadassInANiceSuit, has absolutely no trouble kicking ass in high heels.
* Literally with Hato in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Part 8'' . [[spoiler: Her Stand gives her the power to stretch the heels of her shoes into deadly spikes.]]
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** As part of the over-the-top nature of the series, both Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin don high-heels, with Satsuki wearing them in both her normal school uniform and by both girls in their powered Kamui forms. Satsuki's heels are often prominently shown hitting the ground (with a distinctive [[http://youtu.be/JnIrIDwRMxM CL-ACK!]] sound) whenever she makes a DynamicEntry.
** Likewise (both for fighting and entrances) with Satsuki's mother, Ragyo.
** Satsuki is so well-known for this trait that she has recently ascended to the Trope Pantheon as [[{{Pantheon/Legwear}} Goddess of]] Combat Stilettos (and HolyBacklight)
* Despite its lack of apparent gender, Milia/Miriya from ''Anime/{{Macross}}''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' has heels on her [[TransformingMecha VF-1]] (To be fair, all VF-1s do, in fact).
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the Nobel Gundam has these as well - to be expected, as it's basically a Giant Robot Sailor Senshi.
* A HumongousMecha version of this trope appears in the [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/YAMS-132_Rozen_Zulu YAMS-132 Rozen Zulu]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''. The eponymous Unicorn Gundam's "Destroy Mode"(as well as that of the Banshee) might also count owing to the changed configuration of its feet resulting in somewhat less dramatic but still clear high heels.
** The predecessor of ''Unicorn''[='s=] Re-ZEL, the Z-II, has a set of humongous high heels. However, as it was meant to be a space-only Mobile Suit, it's pretty much cosmetic.
* Another example occurs in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': The [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/ASW-G-08_Gundam_Barbatos ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos]], which originally had fairly standard feet, gains a pair of truly gigantic high heels when it is converted for ground combat on Earth.
* Tsunade from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' wears high heeled sandals that can somehow survive a heel drop which can shatter rocks.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Boa Hancock sees nothing wrong with kicking people in the face with her high heels in the middle of a warzone.
** Although she doesn't fight physically, Nami still counts, as she wears high-heeled sandals most of the time.
** [[AgentPeacock Dellinger]] of the Donquixote Family is the most obvious example in the series. His main attack is called Pistol High Heel.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': The Anarchy sisters wear high-heeled sandals in their angel outfits, which they don in more serious fights.
* Some mechs in ''Anime/ParallelTroubleAdventureDual'' have feet designed along these lines. The Earth Defense Force units all have them, but the Rara Army tends to use non-humanoid designs.
* The later seasons of ''Anime/PrettyCure'' (more notably ''[[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Fresh]]'' and ''[[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Heartcatch]]'') have their heroines wear high heels while transformed.
* Homura's MagicalGirl outfit in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has these, though in her case it [[FridgeBrilliance mostly makes sense]]: she fights with bombs and guns, enjoys doing the UnflinchingWalk, and her [[spoiler:TimeStandsStill]] ability means that she doesn't really need to run or do other things made difficult by wearing heels...in theory. In reality, there's a few implausible scenes, like the beginning of episode 9, where she runs in heels on an AlienGeometry set of ''floating train tracks'' and doesn't even stumble.
* Pirotess, the female dark elf from ''Anime/RecordOfLodossWar'' wears a pair of white thigh-high boots with heels.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Most of the Sailor Senshi have heels on their shoes: Mars, who wears red stilettos, even [[LampshadeHanging mentions it]] in the above [[InTheNameOfTheMoon pre-battle speech]] in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]. Though [[Creator/NaokoTakeuchi the creator of]] ''Sailor Moon'' is a straight woman. [[AllWomenLoveShoes She really likes drawing shoes.]]
** Interestingly, Sailor Venus has a tendency to kick her enemies' throats with her heels: she apparently realized what she could do by weaponizing them. The fact she has possibly the shortest heels of the group just means she has less trouble performing a FlashStep before the kick.
* Shaina in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' fights in high heels. Including a scene where she dodges Shun's Nebula Chain, jumps and runs on it, an then hits Shun. However in the Manga version she wears more reasonable shoes as a part of her armor
* Extremely common in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', though it is worth noting that several [[BareFistedMonk Power Types]] wear either sensible heels or flats.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' plays with it on two characters:
** Hibiki's first real fight after having learned martial arts from Genjuro starts with her tripping on her Symphogear's heels, which she promptly breaks off so she can fight properly.
** [[WaifFu Tsubasa]], on the other hand, plays it straight, and, on top of fighting with ArmedLegs, can even combine her heel with a stories-tall {{BFS}} to perform a kick on hapless {{Mooks}}.
* Tauburn, Takuto's mech from ''Anime/StarDriver'' has these. Yes, the giant robot has high heels.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', female Ghoul Investigators typically dress like an office lady and this means wearing pumps even while working in the field. The Auction Arc of the sequel features [[LadyOfWar Akira Mado]] fighting in a pair of heels. But taking it to the next level is [[TheBaroness Nutcracker]], a Ghoul dominatrix that is seen running along walls and performing brutal [[GroinAttack stomps]] in a pair of boots with stiletto heels.
* Irina Jelavic from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' wears high-heeled sandals almost all the time, which don't hinder her work or her skill as a professional assassin.

* Barbara Gordon, the second ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}. Lampshaded in ''[[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl #45]]'', when her successor Cassandra Cain puts on Barbara's old costume. Cassandra, who usually uses WaifFu, keeps tripping and stumbling thanks to the heels. The ''Batgirl: Year One'' miniseries joins the long line of lampshades on this trope by having Barbara's heel snap off during her initial fight with Killer Moth. There [[JustifiedTrope it makes perfect sense]], since at this point she is ''not'' a crime-fighter, and was actually going to a costume party where high-heels fit in just fine. Once she decides to go pro, she cannibalizes some hiking boots to give her costume some better soles.
* When the new ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} was revealed in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' she was drawn with a number of impractical costume decisions, including high-heels. When she was transferred to the lead in ''Detective Comics'' the artists made a deliberate decision to have her costume be more practical and, amongst the changes, removed her heels (she also cut her hair and replaced it with a wig, since Franchise/{{Batman}} [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that any {{mook|s}} can grab her hair and end the fight).[[note]]Funny how [[{{Hypocrite}} he seems to have no problem with capes and cowls...]][[/note]]
** This was eventually given an in-story explanation: her father was the original designer of the costume.
--->'''Kate:''' Pop...are those heels?
--->'''Jake:''' They were the only boots I could find in red. It's a good color, doesn't pop during night ops.
* [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkgirl]] used to, now she wears flat-soled boots.
* Franchise/GreenLantern villain Star Sapphire. Less of an issue for her since she mostly flies.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], when she [[EvilCostumeSwitch turned evil]] during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary is infamous for fighting in high-heeled shoes, and there is a [[BrokenBase widespread and heated conflict]] in the fandom between those who insist it is stupid and should be fixed, an acceptable aspect of fantasy, and a few who claim it is actually [[JustifiedTrope reasonable]]. At least one letter writer to a Black Canary comic claims she was capable of delivering high-kicks while cosplaying as Canary, without harming herself. We... [[DontTryThisAtHome wouldn't recommend trying]]. In ''JLA: Year One'', Franchise/TheFlash once asked Black Canary about her high heels and if they are not impractical for fighting crime. [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v137/stardrifter001/junk/blackcanaryflash.jpg Her reaction]] was to grab the wings of his mask and [[TakeThat turn his mask 90° around, blinding him]].
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost, and every other female in the Hellfire Club.
* The ComicBook/ScarletWitch.
* ComicBook/SheHulk, [[DoesNotLikeShoes when she wears shoes at all]], requires heels made out of [[{{Unobtainium}} special metal]].
* Elsa Bloodstone of ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' wears thigh high stilettos.
* Silk Spectre I and II in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Everyone in ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose''. The comic exists entirely on {{fanservice}}, so it's to be expected.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'':
** Maid Man is a rare male example. He gets away with it because he is the Goddamn Maid Man.
** Nearly all the female supers play this straight. Sistah Spooky's 6-inch ''platform'' heels are impressive - she can fly though.
** Emp herself can't wear shoes in costume... But the ''imitation'' costume she wears as part of a group of licenced superhero impersonators (in which she plays herself) has them. [[LampshadeHanging She's still wondering why]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Incandescence}}'' wears 5-inch heels as a signature part of her outfit. It's often {{lampshade|Hanging}}d that she can run, jump, and fight in them. Though it's mentioned that she has a background in dance. Some dancers do have extraordinary balance in high heels.
* AnimalSuperheroes example: Alley-Kat-Abra from ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''
* The girls from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' usually dress pretty sensibly ([[NotWearingTights none of them have traditional super hero costumes]]), but not always. One issue showed Nico going into battle wearing stilettos and Karolina fighting alongside her in ''flip-flops'', which seems even more impractical. To be fair, they weren't attacking somebody, somebody attacked ''them'' when they weren't expecting it.
* For ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} has added heels to her formerly sensible costume.
* The aptly-named human villain Stiletto from the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' comic series is a former kickboxer whose boot heels actually incorporate ''[[LaserBlade laser scalpels]]''.
* Franchise/WonderWoman used to have this trope done straight, but ComicBook/PostCrisis onward usually has her wearing sensible flat soled boots.
* Envy Adams of the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' series wears platform heeled boots in her fight with Ramona.
* Female Judges in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' stories may have them, DependingOnTheArtist (especially if that artist is Brian Bolland).
* ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika''. Not true stilettos, but the heroine does do all of her action scenes in Victorian-era high-heeled boots.
* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}''. Cinderella wears high heels most of the time, even when flats would make more sense. (''Fables are Forever''.) But she also shows how she can kick tail anyway, and weaponize them as needed. Subverted with Dorothy, as she's wearing ''special'' high heels. [[note]][[spoiler:The Silver Shoes. Yes, ''that'' Dorothy.]][[/note]]
* Victorion from IDW's run of ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' is an [[HumongousMecha enormous]] [[CombiningMecha Combiner]]. As the only Combiner made entirely of female Transformers, she naturally has high heeled feet to set her apart from all the male Combiners. She may have fewer balance issues than most, considering that she's also a GravityMaster.
* ComicBook/LadyDeath wears black high-heeled boots as part of her standard DarkActionGirl combat [[{{Stripperiffic}} "outfit"]].

* In the fanfiction ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/81730 Fine Feathers]]'' Damian Wayne is in a situation where he must crossdress. He muses on how high heels would make more effective weapons than footwear, and demands Barbara Gordon teach him how to fight in them.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23790/HeatherSin+Dreaming+the+American+Dream.htm Dreaming the American Dream]]'', a crossover between the Marvel Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander (who was [[GenderBender gender swapped]]... don't ask) lampshades this when he notices that heroines wear high heels while running and fighting. At first when he got offered some he thought they were joking [[SeriousBusiness ...they weren't]].
* ''[[FanFic/ErisGame Eri's Game]]'' has the titular character's case. Plus the scene where she beats up [[spoiler:Reaper Beat]] with it.
* Subverted (and possibly lampshaded) in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return]]'', where at one point Rarity bemoans the fact that she chose to wear heels that day, as it's hard to run and fight in them.
* ''Fanfic/FrozenMoonlight'' has these pop up as, during their first date Aoshi and Misao get attacked. She uses them more appropriately, taking them off and using them as an ImprovisedWeapon. Effective ones too.
* In ''FanFic/OffTheLine'', Rainstorm's shoes are these. They are literally so sharp that he accidentally killed a woman when he stepped on her. As the {{Fanservice}} [[JokeCharacter Joke Race]], high heels actually improve the balance and support of the Viera Race. [[spoiler: Rainstorm slices a bounty hunter's throat open when he swipe-kicked him in his heels.]]
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicalGirls'': Pinkie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Sunset all fight in them. Fluttershy lampshades how hard it is to do so, but Rarity trains her in how to do so effectively.
* ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'':
** Jason notes that the footwear on the Sailor Scouts' Combat Modes is not ideal for mobility (According to him, the people of the Silver Millennium Moon Kingdom valued aesthetics over performance). However, he trains them to compensate for this. Notably, he trains Sailor Mars so well that she is able to rocket-run at superhigh speeds without ill effect.
** At one point, Lita notes that her own footwear is not as mobility-oriented as she would like, and wonders just how much the people of the Silver Millennium Moon Kingdom really valued aesthetics.
* In ''Fanfic/CommonSense'', [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} James]] fashioned [[DarkActionGirl Jessie]] a pair of steel heels that slip on over her boots to augment her kicks. Oddly enough, [[IWasJustJoking James had just made them as a joke]].
* Fanfiction author KhaosOmega takes this up to eleven - several times over. With pairs ranging from the common aspects of the trope up to ballet heels and almost anything inbetween, his fanfictions even include an ability that makes someone even faster in heels instead of the other way around. And it's not just the girls, either, several male characters (prominently including his self-based OC Jet Brazie) often wear heels as well.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Jiko Bou of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' uses [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geta_(footwear) Tengu-style wooden Geta sandals]] with only one tall "teeth" instead of the usual two. [[spoiler: He's a covert operative sent by the Emperor]], so he has the balance needed to walk, run and jump wearing them.
* This leads to a bit of FridgeLogic and HypocriticalHumor in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', where Edna Mode berates capes for being impractical but still designs (and makes) high-heeled costumes for the heroines. Elastigirl is probably justified due to her powers but the rest of the female supers...
* Cinderella in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', as expected. She sharpens the heels and use them as throwing weapons.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Film/{{Catwoman}} in the live-action adaptations. In the comics she usually wears more reasonable shoes.
** Noticeably jarring when in the ''Film/BatmanReturns'' mall her heels keep appearing and disappearing when she starts doing back flips and such.
** As portrayed by Creator/AnneHathaway in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/WmsPX5r22bY.9fEYu55RZg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTE5MA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/theprojector/250_catwomanbatman_092611.jpg it is played straight.]] Which is odd considering how much Creator/ChristopherNolan likes to go on about how plausible the Batsuit is. (It's a little hard to see because they appear to be made of metal and blend in with the concrete.) The heels are actual, serrated blades, and [[http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/dark-knight-rises-catwoman-poster.jpg one poster]] shows Catwoman symbolically stepping on and breaking a Batarang with said heels. Given the plausibility attributed to the Batsuit, one has to wonder [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys how she actually made those shoes]].
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d the first time said bladed heels actually show up:
-->'''Stryver:''' ''[holding a pistol on Selina]'' Nice outfit. Those heels make it hard to walk?\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' I don't know. ''[stomps on Stryver's foot, stabbing him in the instep, causing him to drop his weapon]'' [[LampshadeHanging Do they?]]
* Another Batman villainess who gets those in film is Harley Quinn for ''Film/SuicideSquad''. Creator/MargotRobbie [[http://www.imdb.com/imdbpicks/margot-robbie-suicide-squad-interview/ls063166429?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2549061702&pf_rd_r=1419YQJ10H8DTE8N3A8Q&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=15061&pf_rd_i=homepage&ref_=hm_pks_mrs_sm highlighted]] how the stilettos are AwesomeButImpractical:
-->So, that's when the powers that be stepped in and voted on a pair of heels. Once I knew that it had to be a pair of heels, I wanted the most badass-looking ones. And when I saw the Adidas ones I was like, "They are sick." And it all happened quite quickly. Before I knew it, I was like, "OK. So, that's the costume." And I walked around in them for a day. That was the worst idea. Ever.
* Cherry Darling in ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', at least on the leg that hasn't been replaced with an assault rifle. Justified because she's a [[strike:stripper]] [[InsistentTerminology go-go dancer]] who never actually makes it home from her shift.
* Elvira in ''Film/ElviraMistressOfTheDark'' subverts the old trope about female victims running from slasher-movie villains tripping and falling (and then being killed) due to high heels... by throwing her stiletto heels as weapons.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvionZFGBqA This scene]] from Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/ArmorOfGod'', which also demonstrates some of the problems with high heels in combat situations. On the other hand it gave some extra punch to their multiple GroinAttack.
* In the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie shows the impracticality of this, when Silk Spectre's boots slip out from under her, as she's trying to fight off the Comedian's rape attempt. On the other hand, her daughter seems to have no problem fighting in them during the prison breakout scene. Although in an interesting real-life subversion, if you pause the movie during various points in Silk Spectre II's prison fight scene, you can see that the actress is in fact wearing flat-soled boots as she walks. She's only in the high heels whenever she doesn't have to do anything action-oriented, or when she has to plant a heeled foot on a mook's chest.
* While filming ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet'', actress Creator/TiffanyShepis accidentally punctured co-star Stephen Blackehart's lower lip with her spiked heel.
* In the live-action movie of ''Film/BarbWire'', Pamela Anderson does a great deal of fighting in stilettos. On a plus-point she uses dynamite and guns a lot more than hand-to-hand combat, but they are still impractical.
* The villain of ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' murders the protagonist's boyfriend with a stiletto shoe.
* Averted in the 2010 film ''Film/{{Red}}'' when Victoria slips off her dress high heels and trades them for a pair of sensible flat boots before the big operation.
* Cynthia Rothrock. Fighting in tall stiletto heels. On glass table-tops. On a CARGO NET stretched over a two-story tall stack of boxes. Then she moved to Australia and her films got a little calmer. Played with in a scene from ''The Blonde Fury'' where she's having difficulty fighting a male opponent due in part to wearing high heels and a long skirt ([[ActionDressRip appropriately dealt with mid-fight]]). However, she actually discovers the heels can be to her advantage, after she (purely by chance) stabs him with one, and kicks him repeatedly with the other after the first shoe comes off.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'': Kate Beckinsale complained about the difficulty she had running about in high heels while filming action sequences.
* In ''Film/TickedOffTrannysWithKnives,'' one of the "girls" manages to gouge her attacker's eye out by stabbing it with the heel of her shoe.
* While Renate Richter wears high-heeled boots in the second half of ''Film/IronSky'', she's not much of an ActionGirl (she's just a schoolteacher, after all, with no combat training whatsoever). However, she does use her heels as impromptu weapons during her fight with the BigBad [[spoiler:Klaus Adler]], stabbing him in the forehead.
* Averted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''. The female IMF member hears on the radio that the female assassin who killed her colleague has escaped the trap set up for her, tears off her high-heeled shoes and races out of the room to inflict a major asskicking.
* Early in ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'', we see Kelly Ripa showing off her new heels on ''Live! with Kelly and Michael''. During the climax, Kelly ends up using the heels to kill a shark that flew onto the set.
* There's a scene in the Creator/StevenSeagal movie ''Belly of the Beast'' where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85JMKzqEFjI our hero fights a ladyboy]], and she doesn't even bother to take off her shoes, using them as weapons.
* In a mostly averted and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example, ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has Claire wearing high heels through all that terrible day. [[spoiler:Including being chased by a ''Tyrannosaurus'' she's attracting to combat.]] While some noise was made about it in the reviews, it was ultimately the personal decision of actress Bryce Dallas Howard [[http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2015/06/10/bryce-howard-jurassic-heels/ reported]] [[DyeingForYourArt it wasn't easy to accomplish]], but "itís way better than running barefoot in a jungle, Iíll tell you that." It inspired a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RZi6NCuLbQ few parodies]] along the way.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Psylocke's thigh-high boots come with high heels, and Storm wears wedge heels with her Horseman [[spoiler:and X-Man attire]]. Storm at least can fly, making hers semi justified by RuleOfCool.
* In ''Film/TheCobbler'', Max defends himself and accidentally kills a baddie with the heel of a stiletto.
* In ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', the Pink and Yellow rangers are given wedge heels, despite being marital arts fighters.
* The five main girls of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' all wear high heels as part of their combat gear during their fantasy sequences. Of course the emphasis is on ''fantasy'' sequence and the girls are superhuman in them anyway so it really doesn't hold them back.
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', the Machine Gun Woman conducts all of her bloody rampages while wearing six inch stiletto boots.

* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}''
** ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Adora Belle Dearheart wears high heels and notes that in pounds per square inch, it's "like being stepped on by a very pointy elephant" and that she can "kick like a mule". Combined with the fact she's not really an ActionGirl (of the combat related type at least) and on a date at the time of first reference, it makes her footwear less impractical. She's also only ever described as kicking while sitting down. To make it simple, she stomps her heel down on the feet of annoying men, which thanks to her high and thin heels, has near armor-piercing qualities. It doesn't work on Trolls, though.
** Lampshaded in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. Magrat ends up wearing the high-heeled 'glass' slippers. She slips, loses a slipper, and screams, "How the hell is anybody supposed to walk in these?!" Then she pulls off the other one and runs for it.
* Cat Crawford, the heroine of the ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books, has been known to use a pair of solid silver stiletto heels to sneak stakes into vampire gatherings.
* A similar tactic was used by Cathy Barrett to discourage a groper in a {{Literature/Nightside}} pub.
* Parodied in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', in which the FashionVictimVillain Esme Squalor uses [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actual stilettos]] on her high heels to attempt to kill the Baudelaires. Naturally, Snicket did a LampshadeHanging about how impractical and violent the shoes were, and indeed she had huge problems with running, constantly getting her shoes stuck.
* ''[[TheActionHeroinesHandbook The Action Heroine's Handbook]]'' has a chapter on 'How to Win a High-Speed chase in high heels and a bustier'.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Medallion}}''. Villainess Kespa has a pair of heels she made from sap to wear around her fortress, but their purpose is solely to scare her servants and announce her arrival (her floors are made of stone and the shoes make noise). It's stated she has a pair of practical boots for when she goes out to do battle.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[FemmeFatale Lara]] sprints several blocks in impractical shoes. Harry {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this, and it's one of the facts that hammers home that she's not a muggle. Several pages ''later'', she [[spoiler: hammers the heel through a badass zombie's head]].
** She's a vampire, she later dropped ''from a helicopter'' in similar shoes. Running through a parking lot isn't even that impressive.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/KateDaniels'' series when Kate slips off her stilettos in preparation for a fight.
-->If I kicked him, the heel would slide into him like a knife - but I'd have a hell of a time getting free.
* In the book ''You Know You're Ghetto If...'', one of the jokes was "...if you can outrun a police officer while wearing high heels."
* In one of the ''{{Literature/Fearless}}'' novels, Gaia gets attacked by a bunch of thugs while dressed up for dinner with her dad. She reflects that one advantage to fighting in evening wear is that high heels can be used as a weapon. In her case, it [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she would be able to fight in heels, as she's been extensively trained from childhood in every kind of martial art with a name. Even though she hates wearing heels, walking and fighting in them probably isn't much of a problem for her.
* Isabelle Lightwood from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', wears heels constantly and fights in them when she needs to. She has even been known to use them as weapons, slashing and impaling targets with her kicks.
* 1930s pulp heroine Literature/DominoLady fought crime in an evening gown and high-heeled shoes. It never seemed to impede her ability to kick ass.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' wore heels for many of her [[WigDressAccent disguises]] while on assignment. Sometimes the outfits were Stripperiffic, sometimes they were conservative. But unless she was running laps around the track, she was in heels.
* The ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot.
* Fiona on ''Series/BurnNotice'' always dresses as if she is going to a cocktail party, and ''still'' manages to kick serious ass about 98% of the time. Though when she is planning to get into trouble she generally wears more practical footwear.
--> "I'm wearing my door-kicking Jimmy Choos..." ("Besieged", Series 5 Episode 7)
* Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch stiletto heels, despite the fact that her job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the fact that she pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters in the series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs the psychological edge that the height gives her against the men in her profession. Beckett agrees, but says she also just likes it.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' occasionally lampshaded this. One episode has Prue buying both her sisters an emergency pair of sneakers to slip on in case demons attack, and another has a replacement whitelighter criticise their clothing choices for fighting demons. Billie adopts an outfit for fighting demons with these shoes - and is told to give it up by the sisters.
* Sarah in ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' ''always'' wears heels, and she seems to get in fights fairly frequently.
** Casey mentions stabbing someone with a stiletto while investigating a fashion show sometime before the series began. This is a StealthPun as "stiletto" can refer to a shoe or a knife and it's unclear which one Casey meant.
* Lampshaded/Inverted in ''Series/{{Cybill}}''; Maryann briefly tries wearing flats, but can't keep her balance.
* For reasons forever unknown to God and Man most of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in three or four inch heels.
** Leela wore calf length moccasins, but judicious application of the pause button reveals that they were made with a wedge heel - [[ScullyBox because Louise Jameson is 5'6", and Tom Baker is 6'3"]].
** Subverted with Rose, Donna, and Amy. Most of time all three are seen wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running involved."
** Martha and Clara's frequent heel-wearing, on the other hand, can probably be connected to the fact that their actresses are both [[ScullyBox on the short side]].
* "Taffy" on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. It's probably a joke when she says it's important to wear comfortable shoes.
* Lucy Liu is 5'2 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos to [[ScullyBox combat the height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.
* Played literally on ''Series/{{Empire}}'' when Cookie and Lucious team up to search for a kidnapped Hakeem. They shake down a guy for information; Lucious knocks him to the ground and Cookie puts her heel to his throat.
* Referenced in an episode of ''Series/GilmoreGirls''.
-->'''Girl:''' So girls go on adventures too?
-->'''Lorelai:''' And they go in heels.
* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does an ''amazing'' dance with Mike at Sectionals in heels.
** This is TruthInTelevision. Dancers - particularly ballroom and belly dancers - train bloody hard to do extremely complex and sometimes dangerous steps specifically in heels, and not necessarily sensible heels either. It's as much a skill as dancing ''en pointe'' in ballet, and is made somewhat easier by the fact that most dance forms require you to keep your weight over the balls of your feet rather than the heels.
* Nikki (as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jessica]]) of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fame pulls this off [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome spectacularly]]: after effortlessly throwing three burly security guards to the ground, she places her stiletto heel against the temple of the one that's still conscious to get information out of him, threatening to stomp down and stab his brains if he doesn't talk.
* The Widow in the second episode of ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' ("Fist Like A Bullet") kills several men while wearing heels even higher than Kate Beckett's, with backflips and martial arts moves equal to any of the men, finally finishing off one guy with one of her heels.
* Subverted with Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. She's a grifter and therefore almost always wearing high heels, but kicks them off if the con goes awry and she needs to leg it, like "The Second David Job" and "The Reunion Job". Also in "The Reunion Job" both her and the female gun for hire kick their heels off before fighting each other. Played straight with Eliot's counterpart in "The Two Live-Crew Job", however.
** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos and cocktail dresses when she doesn't have time to change.
* Referred to in the ''Series/{{MythBusters}}'' "Superhero Special". A build team filler segment involved how fast one could change into a superhero costume in a phone booth. After Kari won the competition, she commented that she ''needed'' the head start if she was going to chase down a villain while wearing high-heeled boots.
* Ditto on ''Series/TheNanny.'' Fran has to go out on a ledge to keep her date from trying to jump (it makes sense in context.) The maitre d' suggests she take off her heels, to which she responds, "Are you nuts, that would screw up my balance completely."
* On one of the few occasions Ziva wears heels on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' she ends up in a big fight. The actress goes on (and on) about this in the DVD commentary.
* In an early episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam Beckett "leaps" into a small-town coroner/mortician in the early 1960's, and has to solve the murder of a young woman. [[spoiler:He discovers that the woman was killed by a jealous friend who took the victim's own spike-heeled shoe and hit her, driving the heel into her brain, in a manner very like the Robert De Niro film mentioned above.]]
* [[ShesGotLegs Miss Parker]] of ''Series/ThePretender'' likes her high heels.
* All of the girls in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' have heels on their footwear. The series featured a lot more high kicks and flips than the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] did, so it's noticeable when you can see the Senshi wearing flat-soled boots during the fight scenes.
** The most noticeable flub was during Act 0: Birth of Sailor V! during which Sailor V's normal shoes are replaced by white sneakers for a few shots.
* Laura Holt on ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. In the episode "Steele in the Chips", a guest star played by Geena Davis asks how Laura can run in high heels, to which she replies, "Practice."
* ''Series/SheSpies''.
* The mysterious super-heroine Stiletto (Lois) in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' wears stilettos, although she regrets this since she can barely ''walk'' in them, never mind fight crime.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Kira Nery wears (chunky) heels with her uniform. This is, however, almost entirely because Creator/NanaVisitor, when stood next to her statuesque co-stars like Terry Farrell, looks almost ridiculously short.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Jeri Ryan actually insisted on this for Seven of Nine's costume. Something about the catsuit seemed to require them, apparently.
** Which doesn't make much sense for a practical Borg. Then again, the Borg never seem to run or engage in hand-to-hand combat, so it may work.
* Averted in one of those weird ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episodes that take place in modern times. Xena found herself reincarnated as a mousy secretary in a 1940's Franchise/IndianaJones spoof. When Ares is reawakened, she kicks off her shoes and proceeds to kick his ass.
* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better is that she actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny demonstrates]], and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in the face while wearing them]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/SherriMartel used her knee highs as bludgeons. Later, Heel [[Wrestling/MissElizabeth Elizabeth]] (no pun intended) worked interference for Wrestling/RicFlair by lobbing shoes like guided missiles, landing 9,999 damage with each shot.
-->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/04/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-monday-nitro-4196-booty-shoes/ Brandon Stroud]]''': {{Wrestling/WCW}}ís deadliest foreign object, the LADIESí SHOE. If youíre a regular reader of the column youíll know that Miss Elizabeth basically wears nuclear warheads on her feet, and if you remove one of them and hit somebody in the face with it that person will ''die''. Hulk Hogan got jabbed in the face by a shoe once and it not only [[ArmorPiercingSlap busted him open]], it almost blinded him and he had to wrestle in a flesh-colored eyepatch.
* Yinling, the Erotic Terrorist of Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}}, would wrestle in high heels.
* {{Subverted| trope}} by Cherry Bomb in Wrestling/{{CZW}}, who would get in the ring with baby {{face}} Greg Excellent wearing High Heels but then take them off and beat his face bloody with them.
* Terri Runnels and The Kat had a match where they both wrestled in go-go boots. But as {{Fanservice}} was the aim, there wasn't too much running around or athleticism in it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has two perks relating to this, "High-Heeled Heroine" and "High-Heeled Hurt". One allows you to run and do acrobatics in heels, the other makes it possible to use them like the other kind of stiletto.
* The tongue-in-cheek ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns'' game is all over this. "Run in high heels" is a skill.
* ''Armor Piercing'' is a +1/2 advantage in ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' to which the disadvantages ''Only When Kicking'' and ''Obvious, Inaccessible Focus: Stiletto Heeled Boots'' could be applied to make them quite affordable.
** In later editions (5th plus) one may simply purchase the ''Armor Piercing'' on a hypothetical ''Hand Attack'' equal to the character's best kick.
* Some of the artwork in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' depict Sisters of Battle with the effect of these modelled onto their power armour.
* Virtually all the female models in ''TabletopGame/{{Infinity}}'' have heels of some kind on their feet.

* The action figure for comics lead Michiko Noguchi (a human [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland-Yutani]] employee adopted into a Franchise/{{Predator}} clan) features ridiculous combat stilettos in Predator-armor fashion.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Demon Hunter from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': For females, most footwear options have stiletto heels to them, where in a male character the same clothing choice would be flat. Yes, one of the female heroine's natural abilities seems to be kicking ass in six-to-eight inch heels. The other is the MostCommonSuperpower.
** This was actually cut down in its close relation ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. There are now far more flat and moderate heel options and even the high heels are ''mostly'' thicker character heels (a dancing heel).
* The eponymous heroine of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', as well as [[MirrorBoss Jeanne]]. In both cases, the heels have been [[ArmedLegs replaced with guns]], with which she performs GunFu.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', the same as ever applies to Bayonetta and Jeanne, as well as [[spoiler:Bayonetta's mother, Rosa]] and, in a RareMaleExample, the Masked Lumen. The last may seem odd, but it's fitting given that he's a MirrorBoss who uses light-themed versions of Bayonetta's attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}''. Similar to Bayonetta, the heels are [[ShoePhone actual stilettos]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend''. The bad guys attack while Lara is at a fancy dinner party, and she takes off her heels and fights barefoot.
* In the early ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games, the women wore flat shoes due to being digitized live actors. Once gaming reached the 3D era though, Midway started adding progressively more FanService with each game. It got particularly bad in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', where Sonya--an Army commando who dressed sensibly in most games, was wearing heels.
** Skarlett invokes this trope by stabbing her opponent in the {{eye|Scream}} with her heel.
** A welcome change in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is making the ladies more sensibly dressed: less Stripperiffic outfits and no stilettos. While D'Vorah does wear heels, they're not outlandishly high and more like character heels. Tanya also noticeably wears a pair of high-heeled boots, and they are shown off in both her fatalities.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': Momo-no-sei's ridiculously high sandals aren't meant to look sexy, but look no less dangerous and impractical than actual stilettos, if not ''more''. She apparently can walk normally wearing those.
* Ivy Valentine from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]''. Though she does actually make use of them by stamping on opponents while they're lying down and twisting her foot around. Ouch.
* Lei-Fang from ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''. Her down attack is stomping on the opponent with them. If the opponent is male and is in front of her it hits him in the [[GroinAttack groin.]] This is also the footwear of choice for [[FemmeFatale Christie]] and [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery Helena Douglas]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': The Williams sisters do this every so often; both can grind the heel on a downed opponent. The other girls appear to prefer flat-soled boots, sneakers, slippers, or nothing.
** Lili, who was introduced in ''Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection'', wears white high-heeled boots with her most common outfit and generally defies physics with her SheFu fighting style.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Skies of Arcadia}}'' with [[MysteriousWaif Fina]], who is a very slow character and fights with magic or by letting her {{Mon}} do the fighting. Played straight with FragileSpeedster Aika, but her heels are not as big as Fina's.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** Every Viera ever. They have digitigrade feet, so their heels are off the ground with or without the shoes. Exception: in the artwork of ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'' and ''A2'', which take place in the same universe as XII, Viera have rather reasonable heels and some even walk flat like the Assassin.
** Due to the... ''unusual'' art design for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', it was long believed that Larsa Ferrinas Solidor's thigh-high boots were what have been described as "cherry red high-heeled Sunday pumps." The contrast of the red and green on his boots actually makes it appear as if he's wearing high-heels, and red ones at that.
** Another male example with Luso in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', as he has heels in his official artwork. His CatGirl Adelle sports these as well.
** The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Tactics Advance]] series in general has several instances of this, most notoriously, the hume Black Mage.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Lulu has been speculated to wear heels beneath her dress due to the sound her feet make on hard surfaces in the game. The official figurine solves this mystery -- yes she has feet, yes she is wearing high heels.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s Kam'lanaut fits this trope to a T. By day, he wears garish wine-colored robes and gladiator sandals, but by night, he becomes a sorcerous Paladin wearing what are ''easily'' 6-inch stiletto-heeled sabatons. It doesn't help that he has Rapunzel hair that drags on the floor.
** Another male example is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. It's been part of his design before that if you look at the Amano art, but they were actually emphasized in one cutscene.
** Rydia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' also wears high heeled boots, but only as an adult. As a child, she prefers sandals or low-heeled boots, DependingOnTheArtist.
* Rather surprisingly averted in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', given how {{Stripperiffic}} some of Lightning's outfits are. Most of Lightning's garbs give her boots with low or medium heels.
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' it's kind of easy to miss, but Larxene and Xion, the only female members of Organization XIII, wear heeled boots, which the former practically uses it during her KickTheDog moment. [[spoiler:When Xion turns into Sora at the end she wears sneakers like Roxas.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. Your character has prosthetic knees (boots in the sequel) which allow her to fall indefinitely without dying. However, they make her feet contort in the same way that heels do.
* Ada Wong in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' wears high heels to go along with her evening gown.
** The opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' introduces us to [[spoiler:Jill Valentine]], who wears high-heeled boots through the entire game.
*** Sheva's BSAA outfit wears some boots with semi-reasonable heels and she does plenty of [[KickChick high kicks and flips]]. All of her alternate costumes also include high heels. [[spoiler:Jill's]] BSAA outfit actually has some sensible boots. Excella Gionne wears high heels in her default costume and actually uses them on knocked down Majini during ''The Mercenaries Reunion'' minigame.
** Helena from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' always wears high heels, even when [[spoiler: she changes her outfit before going to China to deal with Simmons.]]. The first offense can be partially justified since [[spoiler: she didn't fully expect to be involved in a zombie outbreak,]] but she's still a Secret Service agent.
** Claire also wears heels in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'', and so does [[spoiler: Alex Wesker]] a.k.a the Overseer to go along with her elegant sense of fashion. [[spoiler: Alex notably loses them after her mutation.]] Moira has a sensible choice of footwear, though.
** Cindy from the ''Outbreak'' games also wears heels. Made all the more peculiar in the fact that she's a waitress, who normally wear comfortable shoes due to all the walking involved in that job.
* Holly Summers from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. It may be necessary for her to wear the heels... well, heel, as otherwise her real and prosthetic legs would be unbalanced.
** Shinobu in the [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle sequel]] also sports a pair.
** As does [[SerialKiller Bad Girl]]
* Most of the females in the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' series, including Trish/[[spoiler:Gloria]] and Lucia.
* In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Rosso clicks around in stiletto, thigh-high boots. To say nothing about her butt-cape.
* Evelynn in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' sports a pair of noticeable heels in game, and even kicks enemies sometimes with her physical attacks. She even points out the difficulty of walking in them.
-->'''Evelynn:''' It takes a lot of effort to move like this in heels.
** Ashe wears high-heeled boots in her Amethyst skin. The splash art for her Freljord skin has them, but she has normal boots in-game.
** All of Miss Fortune's skins (save for one) wear high-heels in battle. An amusing example of this trope is her passive ability Strut, which increases her running speed the longer she is out of combat. The icon for this ability is her heels.
** Most of Vayne's skins have them, as well.
** Zyra has them, despite not actually wearing clothing.
** Even female champions that don't have heels in their default skin tend to have them in some of their other skins.
* Many [[GameMod custom outfits]] for ''Franchise/TheSims'' have gratuitous heels, even with swimwear.
* Female elementalist and mesmer boots in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are typically high-heeled. Other professions have more sensible footwear.
* Several years have passed, and players ''still'' wonder how come LadyOfWar Chizuru Kagura from ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}'' can fight while wearing stilettos.
* Shania from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From the New World'' wears high-heeled sandals and [[{{Stripperiffic}} not much else...]]
* Mai Hem in ''VideoGame/PerfectDarkZero'' wears heels, along with a {{stripperiffic}} dress.
* Hel, the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/VikingBattleForAsgard''.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''; even more so in ''Sigma 2''. Ninjas in heels, anyone?
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' (and ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV IV]]'', by extension), you can wear 5 inch platforms without having difficulty moving. But then again, this is the game which allows you to juggle pedestrians 50 feet in the air using explosive ammo. Realism isn't particularly high on it's list of priorities. The same applies to Shaundi as part of her sexyfied revamp.
** Also available in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowII'', for the fashion-conscious boss. Including some graphics issues when it tries to force the Boss to stand flatfooted despite her office pumps.
* Shiki's boots in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are heeled, but not ridiculously so. The most amusing example of this trope, though, comes in the form of the footwear equipment that, given a high enough Bravery stat, [[{{Crossdresser}} anyone can wear]]. Of these, the best would have to be the Enamel Pumps -- their stats in terms of defense aren't impressive, but the wearer ''keeps their balance when hit by enemy attacks that would otherwise knock them around.'' Oh, irony.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' does something similar. There are several high heel pieces of equipment that female characters can wear and they actually increase evasion rate. The high heels don't look any different than other footwear, though, even though equipment actually shows up on your character in this game.
* One of the main party members in ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'' is a combat assassin who wears stilettos and [[KnifeNut uses lots of throwing knives.]] Her name? [[MeaningfulName Stiletto Anyway.]]
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' when Naomi ditches her heels to run quicker. But played straight with Raiden in the same game and in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', whose cyborg body is equipped with rubberized heels that allow him to grip knives and swords with his feet.
* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, a sizable portion of the female cast of any given game will be wearing high heels. While this can be at least somewhat excusable for some characters (mounted units for whom the heels serve a somewhat more practical purpose, mages who aren't expected to fight in melee combat, healers who aren't really capable of fighting at all, etc.) a fairly large number of these characters are melee fighters, a couple of them even being thieves or myrmidons, the most agile classes in any given game! This doesn't apply to ''every'' game in the series, though, and to what extent it applies to any particular game varies greatly.
* The first ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' has [[HospitalHottie school nurse]] Kyoko fighting in high heels. In ''Project Justice'', she's joined by [[ForeignFanservice Tiffany]], whose heels are on boots that are somehow part of a cheerleading outfit. [[ElegantGothicLolita Yurika]] also has heels on those giant red platforms of hers that are as thick as they are high, while [[{{Delinquents}} Zaki]]'s metal boots are of the lower-and-thick, more practical kind.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare'', both Maria and Meria's ''suits of full-body armor'' just so happen to have stiletto heels.
* Gaap from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. She actually uses them as weapons, though, since when she's not dropping enemies into pits, she's kicking holes in them.
** Gaap actually *curb stomps* [[spoiler:George]] with her heels in arc 4, leaving a nice clean hole in his forehead.
* Rose from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' series keeps wearing those sexy red heels in fights. While she is more of a psychic, she still can brawl with the rest of them.
* ''VideoGame/SoccerSpirits'': Several characters wear heels. Playing soccer.
--> '''Sharr: "I'll punish you with my heels!"'''
* ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'': Blaze the Cat is almost always shown wearing high heels, yet she can run nearly as fast as Sonic himself. And then there's Rouge the Bat...
* Miranda and Samara from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Rather jarring after the practical footwear all the female party members used in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]]. Samara takes this trope literally and breaks someone's neck with her heels.
** Tela Vasir from the DLC "Lair of The Shadow Broker". The original version of the armor model she wears (it's the hidden "extra heavy armor" from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'') didn't have these, but apparently Bioware modified it just for her.
** Bioware listened to complaints about the high heels. In the second appearance pack, Miranda's alternate outfit replaces them with proper boots, as well as plate armor. And then proceeded to forget about the complaints in time for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when they rolled out [[spoiler: EDI's new body as the replacement MsFanservice for Miranda (though, as a robot, it's not as if EDI needs to worry about hurting her muscles or back)]]
* Bonne Jenet of ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Mark of the Wolves]]'' wears these. In her most powerful attack, she grabs the enemy... then yanks off a shoe and repeatedly hits them with it.
* Sakuya Izayoi, the [[CharacterTitle Perfect and Elegant]] [[{{Meido}} Maid]] of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' franchise. Especially noticeable in the fighting games, where she uses those high heels to kick and stomp on her opponents.
* Ange Serena of ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' wears high heels to go along with her large white dress. Which is really quite odd, given that she's a speedy melee character who jumps and moves around a lot with her combos.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** All the regal fighters have used them at least once: Princess Peach, Princess Zelda (who dropped the heels after ''Melee'' and uses boots since ''Brawl'') and Rosalina (which are not such a bother for her as she mainly [[PowerFloats floats around]] the battlefield).
** Zero Suit Samus gets a pair of them in ''Wii U/3DS'', but instead of just cosmetic, they also double as RocketBoots.
* [[ActionGirl Judith]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' equips these in her secondary weapon slot.
* Millenia from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' takes this to utter extremes. Not only does she always fight in her high-heel boots (to be fair, with her stats, she is less of a melee fighter, and more of a SquishyWizard and the archer), but she also has a LimitBreak attack called "Heel Crush", wherein she walks up to an enemy, uses a platform of HardLight to lift herself just above their head, then stomps it viciously for massive damage.
* Samus, in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' has what are best described as combat wedges, on her [[LatexSpacesuit Zero Suit]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'': Many of the eponymous Personae come toting heels, or, as seen in the [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} first]] and [[{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} second]] games, digitigrade feet. A large slew of Kaneko Kazuma's Persona designs feature both.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has Mitsuru Kirijo, being the local badass {{Ojou}}, wearing some very sexy heeled boots into battle, and kicks her opponent during her Critical Attack. She once again fights in heels in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', KickChick Chie Satonaka usually wears sensible boots and greaves as her weapons. However, her strongest weapons look like frilly pink high-heeled boots. [[spoiler:Margaret, the Velvet Room assistant]], will also fight you, toting a pair of beautiful blue high heels, but [[PowerFloats she floats]] during battle, so it doesn't really apply.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Arsene, the Protagonist's main GuardianEntity, has ''knives for stilts'', which reach way past its shoes' soles. They're not just for show either: he uses them in his physical attack animations.
* A couple of ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' examples.
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'', Carmilla has literal combat stilettos, as her guard break attack actually involves her leaping into the air and stomping on her opponent.
** While they aren't pointy stilettos, [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Alucard]] wears high-heeled boots. While unequipped, you can press down and attack while falling and he'll do a kick.
** Isaac in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' is another male example, wearing heels while charging you with laser swords.
* [[VideoGame/{{StarcraftII}} Sarah Kerrigan]]'s infestation somehow resulted in her growing a pair of bone stiletto heels out of her feet.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' exudes this trope when you put on the disguise of one particular civilian female wearing high heels, especially while executing attacks with your feet/legs.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' starts with Aya dressed for a night at the opera (and, in NewGamePlus, likely a rifle hidden in that gown), including some cute platform sandals. Then things hit the fan(s).
* Every female race except the Amani in ''Creator/TeraOnline'', with [[HornyDevils Castanics]] being the most notable.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveSoul'' there are High-Heels that improve the atack power of the wearer, despite none of the characters ever using kicks.
* in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore For Answer'', the Lahire model legs by Omer have high heels, as do the Alicia reverse joint legs made by Rayleonard. not that it matters much, as both of those leg designs specialize in NEXTs that fly a lot.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' features a new variation of the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 Goomba's Shoe]] called the Goomba's Stiletto. It defeats spiked enemies instead of just harmlessly bouncing off of them, applying a Super Mushroom to it gives it a GroundPound function, and if you put wings on it, the fluttering sound that plays when double-jumping will be replaced with a NoblewomansLaugh.
* One of the "Thing" stickers in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' is a giant stiletto that crushes enemies repeatedly with its heel.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' (and ''Fallout 3'' too) had a few outfits with a perfectly suitable heel for a housewife at home, or a lady at an office, or to match a slinky black evening gown. Shame that you're wearing them in various barren wastelands, swamps, deserts, rubble-strewn ruins, and vaults ... with grated floors.
** They're back, albeit slightly lower, in ''VideoGame/Fallout4''.
* A RareMaleExample occurs with [[spoiler: [[AgentPeacock Mettaton EX]]]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has Online mode where a female character can wear these. No word yet if it means you're giving enemies three extra inches to target you, or if HitboxDissonance makes up for the height differential.
* Kat wears heels in ''VideoGame/GravityRush''. [[CuteClumsyGirl She also falls over a lot]]. [[FridgeBrilliance This may not be a coincidence]].
* Sorey from ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria''. He wears thigh high boots with heels when armatized.
* Symmetra from {{VideoGame/Overwatch}}. Combined with her [[ShesGotLegs long legs]], the heels give her a slightly awkward running animation. Mercy and Widowmaker also wear high-heeled boots, but their heels are less than three inches high.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has Lusamine who is one of the hardest bosses in the franchise and wears heels. When you first battle her the intro animation is her doing a Heel Clank in a similar vein to [[Anime/KillLaKill Satsuki and Ragyo Kiryuin]].
* With the exception of [[TheOneGuy 9S]], all androids in ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', including or especially the combat models, are female androids with high heels.
* Subverted with the mercenary Nadine Ross from ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} 4''. While she wears heels because she's attending a party, when she actually gets into a fight not long after said party, she removes her shoes first.
* Most female characters from the 2D FightingGame ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth''. The most noticeable example is Orie Harada with her 15 centimeters heels.
* A number of the titular suits in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' sport these, from [[BoobsOfSteel Saryn]] and [[LadyOfWar Octavia's]] traditional versions, to [[BadassAdorable Nova's]] platform shoes, to... [[BodyHorror Nidus?]]


[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': A lot of the female characters are high-heeled fighters.
** Glynda wears heeled knee-high boots which is part of her overall appearance which gives mild hints of the HotLibrarian dominatrix style. They don't stop her leaping and somersaulting around the place while fighting.
** Cinder not only fights in heels, but she'll even engage in roof-hopping and building infiltration while wearing them as a companion to her SpyCatsuit.
** Blake's combat attire includes puppy heels. Her fighting style is based on making high-speed moves that leave after-images of herself to distract the opponent while she attacks from a different direction. Her heels don't seem to slow her down at all.
** Weiss is a fencer who engages in lots of acrobatic and ballet moves to make it seem as though she's skating on ice. She wears knee-high boots with very high wedge heels.
** Pyrrha is a Greek-styled warrior who fights in thigh-high, high-heeled boots. It doesn't stop her from being the four-times Mistral tournament champion and a world-class, world-renowned fighter who can take on an entire four-man combat team by herself and win with ease.
** Ruby, who's used to practical low-heeled combat boots, lampshades the problem with fighting in heels while trying to walk in them at the dance. When she is forced to fight in them, she wobbles on every landing and has to use her scythe to regain her balance. Cinder spots the weakness, but the fight is interrupted before she can take advantage of it.
--->"Can we have a serious talk about how Weiss fights in these?!"
** Minor villain Melanie Malachite has literal combat stilettos, boasting a pair of bladed heels that serve as her main weapons.
** Amber's official outfit includes heeled boots, and she's one of the most powerful characters in Remnant.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': ActionGirl Portica white high-heels as part of her ClothingSwitch in 'Store Story'.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Amber lampshades this when she describes what ''[[GenreSavvy she]]'' would [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=462 wear]] if she became a superhero. Robin on the other hand, demonstrates ContractualGenreBlindness. Doubly ironic considering Robin is a former [[ActionGirl government agent]] with actual superpowers.
* Alexa from ''[[http://www.shapequest.net Shape Quest]]''... well, they're high-heels, at least.
* The [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990848/paul-janes/ Jane Gang]] from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Jane Mighty (formerly Iron Jane) [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1991200/good-night/ here]]. Somewhat subverted by [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1895722/you-say-you-want-a-revolution/ Dolly Bird]], whose spike heels are actual steel spikes -- since she mostly flies, these are more of a weapon and less of a hindrance.
* This is the basis of an actual fighting style in ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'', because of the pointy bits. It's called... Kung-Shoe.
* Suryu in ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'' wears these heels when fighting Seth.
* ''Webcomic/IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace''
* Evil Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}} has an actual stiletto in her heel. Seen [[http://www.krakowstudios.com/spinnerette/2010/06/11/06112010/ here]].
* At a certain strip of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Princess Sara kicks the Dark Warriors' asses, and shoves a heel into the mouth of one. He complains it tastes horribly.
* [[WholesomeCrossdresser Tip]] from ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' is a rare male example of this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/03/15/issue-3-webpage-16/ Cole wears such shoes. Kyri comments on her error in wearing such bizarre clothing, and that the shoes were not made for combat.]]
* Webcomic/{{Superbitch}} wears them, [[http://superbitchcomic.com/comic/hell-on-heels/ but she doesn't ''walk'' in them]]
* Androssi Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' uses stilettos. That turns out to be a bad choice of shoes, since twice, they are successfully attacked to throw her off-balance, so that one got subverted good..
* A realistic use in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'': Camellia [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-four-page-21/ rams her narrow heel on a would-be mugger's toes to get him to release her]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' uses ''platform'' stilettos in battle. The comic is often NSFW, but [[http://oglaf.com/plumes/ the page in question]] is safe.

* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'': WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's weapon of choice is a high heel held in her hand.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse when Poise reveals one of her martial arts teachers had her take her test while wearing a skirt and high heels. She was also required to hold a cup of tea and not spill it.
** Also, it is one of the many problems with the new costume of [=THE CRIMSON COMET!!!=]. Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in [[FanFic/NewLookSeries Joe's New Look:]] [[VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe Sexy Joe and Viewtiful Sylvia]] when thanks to a costume mixup, Joe has to fight in Sylvia's costume, including high heeled boots.
* Quickly {{justified|Trope}} for Mindstar's four inch heels in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. As a telekinetic, she can use her power to fly, float, or reduce her weight.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a lot of fun with this in his ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' review. First the Catwomen [[DeconstructedTrope stumble all over the place]] [[LampshadeHanging while the critic mocks them]], then they [[DefiedTrope take their shoes off]] and reveal that the heels are perfectly functional [[ShoePhone as handguns]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Due to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} aesthetic, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has ComicBook/BlackCanary, ComicBook/{{Huntress}}, Comicbook/{{Vixen}} and every other female hero and villain effectively fighting in high heels.
* Katana looks to have them in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', at least going off the promo poster.
* Dr. Karbunkle from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''. A rare male example.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' animators didn't even try to make the stilettos she wears seem practical. In close-up shots they are about 5-6 inches long! More bewildering is the fact that Cybersix travels by jumping with great agility from one uneven rooftop to the other making those shoes a complete impossibility, [[RuleOfCool they are however really, really cool looking and her running and fighting scenes are awesome so you forget about any of this almost immediately]].
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Princess Mandie]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' wears high heels all the time, even though she's hunting Mark.
* Hyena in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' gains a pair after she becomes a cyborg.
* If one of the ladies of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' were working undercover, and their disguise included heeled shoes, they'd become this should the need arise (as in the episode "Glamour Girls"). Otherwise, they'd would be seen in more tactically appropriate footwear.
* Franchise/WonderWoman in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode which sees her thrown back in time and having to don cowboy boots [[MuggedForDisguise taken from]] [[MuggingTheMonster an attacking goon]]. When she complains that they hurt her feet, Batman teases that "you fight crime in high heels." to which she responds, "High heels that ''fit''".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and Shego's fight in the Bermuda Triangle club in ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', where their heels don't impede their usual jumping-about SheFu. However, it's the only example from the series; usually they wear more sensible boots.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', Kiva's boots have heels, but the heels are much thicker than most examples on this page, so it may be slightly more combat-appropriate than other examples.
* Julie Kane wears white boots like these in ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'': Whether tormenting Megabyte, flirting with Bob, or just relaxing in her lair, Hexadecimal is never seen without her trademark stiletto-heeled boots, knee-high in some forms, and thigh-high in others.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. In one episode, Jack's geta are destroyed, and he tries on a pair of stilettos that remind him of his old shoes. He manages to still be a great fighter wearing them, but changes shoes when he's mocked and catcalled because of how sexy his legs look in heels.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', Guy, as [=SheZow=] has these as part of her costume - which presents a problem for him as [[RequiredSecondaryPowers running around in high heels without falling over]] is ''not'' part of her powerset.
* American Maid from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. With her they really are Combat Stilettos because she uses them as throwing weapons.
* Sam, Clover and Alex in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' have high heel boots as part of their standard uniforms. However it doesn't prevent Alex from complaining that an armour she is wearing as a disguise is harder to walk in than her high heel shoes.
* Female Franchise/{{Transformers}} are often depicted with built-in Combat Stilettos. The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] refers to them as [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Heel_struts "heel struts"]] and tries very hard to justify their use.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''Starscream'' of all bots has them. They've become particularly (in)famous in the fandom.
--> '''Smokescreen:''' I've heard stories about that stiletto heeled freak.
* Molotov Cocktease in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' wears stilettos with poison tips.
* The girls from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' wear these in their fairy forms, and sometimes run while wearing them. Not very often tough, because they fly more. They loose them in the third season and go barefoot. They come back in the fourth season.
* Tossed a LampshadeHanging in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. SquishyWizard Zatanna's normal costume includes square-heeled boots, which aren't as bad as they could be, but when Harm begins chasing her, she casts a spell to turn them into flats. Read each word backwards:
-->'''Zatanna:''' "Lacitcarp raewtoof won!"
** Miss Martian's default costume includes blue stiletto heels, but she a) flies and b) often uses her shapeshifting ability to switch her costume to a stealth mode palette, which swaps her white top, blue skirt, and heels for a black bodysuit and flats. Her powerset means she doesn't have to worry about running or balancing in heels, but she often foregoes them anyway.
* Laureline from ''WesternAnimation/TimeJamValerianAndLaureline'' wears high-heeled boots with her suit despite all the combat she takes part in.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A stiletto is a combat knife. Stiletto heels are named after a combat knife; there's a reason for that. Stilettos are ''lethal'' if used correctly, and especially if the heel is strong enough. Stilettos are basically wedges that concentrate a large amount of force into a very small area, and the great pressure under such a heel is actually ''greater than that under the feet of an elephant''. Sure you can't run fast in stilettos, but that doesn't usually matter when your opponent needs reconstructive foot surgery and rehab to be able to walk again.
** In his book ''Coroner'', Medical Examiner Thomas Noguchi detailed an unsolved case involving an apparent gunshot wound to the head. As there was no bullet, there was a mystery as to how the wound could have occurred. He realized that stilettos, employed with enough force, could have made the wound.
** There are RealLife accounts of women being accosted while wearing high heels, kicking their attacker, and having the heel break off ''in the attacker's body.''
** It's important to remember that the word "stiletto" actually refers to a short knife, often used for surprise attacks or assassination. That stiletto SHOES could be used as a weapon of surprise should be obvious.
** A true stiletto heel is made of metal and only covered in fabric or leather.
* Even outside of combat, high heels are potentially extremely dangerous. There was a time after 9/11 that Manolo Blahniks were not allowed on certain airlines, because the heels came down to such a fine point that they could ''easily'' go through a man's foot with the right amount of pressure.
* Character heels are about three inches, but chunky, and being designed for dance, are pretty easy to run in if you're practiced at walking in heels. Similarly, literal stripper heels from dance supply stores are also designed for dancing and easy to be active in despite frequently reaching heights of five inches and more, since they too are substantially thicker than pencil-thin stilettos.
* There's an account of a woman who was pursued into an alley by an assailant, except she had gotten her shoe off by the time he reached her, and stabbed him with it.
* If you plan to participate in some form of mounted combat in the near future, heeled shoes are your best bet. When riding on horseback, your natural inclination is to keep your feet near-level. In a pair of flat footwear, like sneakers, this gives you equal odds of your feet slipping out of the stirrups or getting caught in them. Falling off a panicking horse can result in broken bones; falling off a panicked horse and getting your feet stuck is pretty close to a death sentence. The backward slope a heel creates on a level foot serves the same purpose as the pointed toe; your foot slides right out of the loop when you're not consciously keeping it there. \\
Incidentally, this is the reason cowboy boots for both men and women have high-ish heels. However, these heels are ''not'' stilettos and are rarely more than 2 inches tall. Lower than an inch and you're looking at a style called "ropers" or "rancher boots".
** In fact, this is the [[http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21151350 historical origin of high heels]]. They became a fashion item for men as an imitation of the military equestrian item, then got adopted into women's fashion, then were phased out of men's wear as the fashions changed, and remained a mostly feminine item (see RuleOfSexy), except in the functional uses described here.
* It's also easier to keep your feet in place on motorcycle footpegs if there's some heel to your footwear. Hence, motorcycle boots (like cowboy boots) for both men and women generally have heels somewhere between 1 and 2 inches tall. Again, like cowboy boots, they are rarely stilettos although some womens' designs are both higher and skinnier.
* This is one reason it's generally accepted that picking a fight with a DragQueen is a ''huge'' mistake, especially since drag queens tend to be tall and can put even more force behind a stiletto.
* Apparently, [[UsefulNotes/NorthKoreansWithNodongs female North Korean soldiers]] [[http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korean-lady-soldiers-in-heels-2013-4 wear 4-inch high platform heels]] while they conduct patrols on the Chinese border along the Yalu River.
* While not combat-related, a good pair of stripper shoes (i.e. high-heeled, but with a platform under the ball of the foot to reduce the height differential) actually qualify as sports equipment for Samba dancers, particularly those who participate in Carnival-type parades, where they will be dancing non-stop for ''hours''. Antonia Eklund, who moved from Britain to Brazil to tSrain as a Samba dancer, discusses it (among other things) in an article [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31438911 here]].