All platform and no heel, the shoe challenges the laws of physics by throwing the body forward onto the ball of the foot.
For Tomb Guards, it means a jarring break from the 'normal' routine of 21 steps, heel clicks, and guard changes.
Being accosted by a drunken professor and pushed on stage (which broke the heel off my boot) in front of thousands of students.
And she declines, metaphorically anyway, to remove her heel from his throat.
Rather, they have lain dormant to haunt us in various guises since the Confederacy was brought to heel.
Then she turned on her heel all of one piece, like a statue on a pivot, and went homewards.
But if so, the officer had enough then, for he turned upon his heel impatiently.
As he felt the heel of the mountain about crush his head, he sprang again to his feet.
I told the mate to light a Bengola on the heel of the bowsprit.
My heel came in contact, in sickening contact, with a human head; beyond doubt that I had split the skull of the man who held me.
"back of the foot," Old English hela, from Proto-Germanic *hanhilon (cf. Old Norse hæll, Old Frisian hel, Dutch hiel), from PIE *kenk- (3) "heel, bend of the knee" (cf. Old English hoh "hock").
Meaning "back of a shoe or boot" is c.1400. Down at heels (1732) refers to heels of boots or shoes worn down and the owner too poor to replace them. For Achilles' heel "only vulnerable spot" see Achilles. To "fight with (one's) heels" (fighten with heles) in Middle English meant "to run away."
"contemptible person," 1914 in U.S. underworld slang, originally "incompetent or worthless criminal," perhaps from a sense of "person in the lowest position" and thus from heel (n.1).
"to lean to one side," in reference to a ship, Old English hieldan "incline, lean, slope," from Proto-Germanic *helthijanan (cf. Middle Dutch helden "to lean," Dutch hellen, Old Norse hallr "inclined," Old High German halda, German halde "slope, declivity"). Re-spelled 16c. from Middle English hield, probably by misinterpretation of -d as a past tense suffix.
The rounded posterior portion of the foot under and behind the ankle.
A similar anatomical part, such as the rounded base of the palm.
[last sense fr heel, ''arm a fighting cock with a gaff or spur,'' found by 1755]