In all fairness, overall, while they have altered appearances of most gods to suit a modern artist, they can at least point to the Wikipedia pages of said gods and point out art that at least has a connection to some form of reference art. Some to almost comical degree; such as Hercules' glimmering smile and general "Wonder boy" attitude. Others, like Apollo, toe the offensive line but simultaneously poke fun at the antics of modern rock stars. There is of course the issue of MASSIVE ETHNOCENTRISM and co-opting other people's religious imagery and adapting it to appeal to a Western eye...but as that topic would take decades, I'll stick to the original and focus on the female gods. I take it back, most of the female gods are discus throw away from their reference material; in fact, Kali is among the BEST of them...and she's strayed from her original path.
So as the title suggests, apparently in "ye olde" times (and modern ones in some cases) high heels were common fare for the lady deity. Inspiring stuff given that the first real high heel didn't show up until 1600....in Europe.
For example, here is Kali...destroyer, consort of Shiva. Aside from missing the skirt made of severed arms the depiction is at least reasonably consistent with the existing art (albeit with swimsuit model proportions), until you get down to her feet.
|And so we pray to Prada, god of footwear...|
Kali is not alone though...(*queue Benny Hill theme*)
|Athena, Goddess of WISDOM, knows its wise to wear unstable footwear in battle|
|Goddess of the Hunt? More like goddess of style!|
|I have no words (Hel)|
|Getting the picture yet?|
|Actually Aphrodite I can almost forgive...almost.|
I should point out that I am not the first to notice this, it's actually become something of an inside joke amidst the SMITE community, but Hi-Rez, in their finite wisdom, has made it clear that they have a "Zero fucks given" policy about it.
A commenter pointed out that I forgot Freya, an oversight and mistake on my part. Further recollection was that I didn't think of her because she is one of the better options, and it's fair to fix.
|A basic vetruvian render|