It’s been nearly ten years since Pleaser USA introduced the term “stripper shoes” to the mass market and now they have become a sexy shoe staple in the shoe industry. At first the world was not prepared for 7 inch, 8 inch or even 6 inch platform shoes and raised quite a stink about it, even going as far as to protest shoe stores such as MAYA shoes in Hollywood California. On April 5th 2001 Maya the owner of Maya shoes decided to introduce Los Angeles and California to a new style of shoe, a platform wedge style. Normally Maya sold sexy fashion and high end footwear such as knee high boots, stilettos, prom shoes, stripper shoes and sneakers but being in the glitzy town of Hollywood some celebrity trendsetters would come in requesting high heel shoes up to 8 inches tall. This got her thinking of a way to make such a high heel map shop shoe and thus discovered a safe way to make them.
Since then exotic dancer shoes have become mainstream and no longer seen as trashy or slutty as they once did. Maya shoes were closed after years of making custom footwear at which time she brought in the line of PLEASER exotic footwear with the KISS, DELIGHT, XTREME and TABOO collections being the best sellers out of the collection. Most dancers prefer 7 inch platform with ankle straps, because while dancing on stage and kicking their feet up, the ankle strap prevents the shoes from flying off. Also some dancers like rhinestones or lights in the shoes because of the light it grabs the attention of the patrons which will help increase tips and help with their income. Exotic dancing once a TABOO industry but in 2012 it is now a popular past time for men and women and a very big part in some economies.
In Las Vegas Nevada there are more than 50 gentlemen clubs along with over 2000 women and men employed and calling stripping their profession. It may seem a bit of an oxymoron but the clothing and shoes a dancer wears and then takes off is a very big sign of the kind of dancer she is and how much she cares about her appearance. Some dancers may go through 5-6 pairs of exotic dancer footwear in a single night to match with the outfits that she wears. For example, neon colors are very popular and so Pleaser makes a collection of UV reactive sandals. These shoes will give the look of glowing underneath the UV light bulbs found in most clubs. UpscaleShoes.com recently added a new style called the SPOTLIGHT collection, these styles have platforms for 6-8″ completely covered with rhinestones and what is amazing is the fact that each rhinestone is put on one by one.