A 200 pound man wearing men's dress shoes with a regular heel will exert less than 30 lbs. of pressure per square inch. However, a woman's thin heeled shoe, especially a stiletto heeled shoe, can seriously damage all types of floor covering. For example, a 110 lb. woman wearing those shoes exerts in excess of 1,000 lbs. pressure per square inch.
These shoes can dent hardwood and vinyl floors, chip ceramic tile, and puncture carpet and padding. This is the return of a problem that has plagued the floor finishing industry for more than 20 years. Please note: It is not now, nor has it ever been, considered to be a manufacturing defect of floor covering materials by any floor covering manufacturer.