Ever wonder about the history of high heels? After all, we gals have a tumultuous relationship with our heels -- we love the way they look, but hate the way they feel! But how much do we really know about these beautiful torture devices?

It started in 1533 with Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France, who wore 2-inch heels to see eye-to-eye with her minions in the court. A few centuries later, other famous ladies helped popularize the heel. In the '50s, bombshell Marilyn Monroe found a way to add sexy swagger to her step: stilettos! Style icon Audrey Hepburn, on the other hand, preferred to keep things more pared down with chic and practical kitten heels, a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama who revived the trend.

Long before Carrie Bradshaw made Manolo Blahnik a household name, the designer rose to fame by resurrecting the skinny stiletto heel, ending the reign of the towering platform that had a major moment in the '70s.

Shoe trends may change from one season to the next, but one fact remains the same: The heel is here to stay, whether we like it or not!