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  4 months ago

The history of high heels

Considered the epitome of sexiness and femininity, high heels have a long history with both women and men, which can be traced back to 10th-century Persia. Far from being just a fashion choice, high heels have come a long way to become the fashionable footwear we know of today.

The earliest known example of high heels can be traced back to ancient Persia in the 10th century. And it was the Persian army that had the honor of wearing the first high heels.

The Persian cavalry formed an important part of the army. The horseback soldiers would stand up in their saddles to fire a bow while wearing heels. They worked out that a longer heel helped their feet stay in the stirrups when they stood up to fire the bows. The same principle is used today with riding boots having a block heel.

Making its way to Europe
With the Persians having strong trading links with Europe, it's likely that high-heeled shoes made their way to the continent via trade channels. By the 1400s, women, particularly in Spain and Venice, wore high platform shoes called chopines.

Originally worn over the normal shoe to avoid the filth that littered medieval streets, chopines became a fashion statement amongst courtesans and noblewomen. The Venetian government eventually passed a law that limited the height to 3 inches (7 cm), but most ignored it.

The height of fashion
By the 1700s, high-heeled shoes had taken on a similar shape to today’s heels. The toes were lower to the ground and the heel was raised by a block or thinner heel.

A men’s fashion
During this period, it was men who donned these luxurious new shoes, which became a status symbol. For these reasons, they were worn mostly by kings, princes, and noblemen.

The female courtesans
During the 17th century, female courtesans had also begun to wear high-heeled shoes. Due to their close relationship with the royals, they could typically do things that their common counterparts couldn’t.

Gender switch
Worn for status and fashion, rather than utilitarian reasons, heels started to be seen as irrational by men. As a result, they stopped wearing them, making them the domain of women.

Source: Star Insider

High heels are seen as a sign of feminist. Isn’t it crazy that high heels were designed for and worn by men?


  4 months ago
We really like our high heels but its best if you wear them not for too long


  4 months ago
I loved it when I was young still very pritty but not for me


  4 months ago
I cant imagine myself wearing high heels.I recall way back in the day as a child there was a short time when a short boot with a heel of a couple of inches was the craze. We had to have a pair .I cant remember what they were called but the craze did not last long.


  4 months ago
That's really crazy


  4 months ago
Imagine a man wearing heels hahaha used to wear very very high heels unfortunately I no longer wear heels at all since I broke my leg and had surgery

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