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Heels, Stolen From Men!

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A deep thinker and creative who is constantly on the clock to answer questions many ask. A lover of poetry and prose. She believes firmly in the ways of our fathers, conservative? No. Just a history nerd.

I think a trip to the world of evolutionary fashion should massage your mind a bit.
Now, would it surprise you if you were told that heels were initially made for men?
Crazy right. Just imagine a grown man in stiletto heels on the runway. Yikes.

That would make the headlines and probably wouldn’t.
Well, initially, let’s say from the Victorian to the medieval eras. Heels were worn by men and made for them. But not just any man wore heels.

No. Not at all. You had to be rich, royal, or noble. As a matter of fact in some cases all three at the same time.

Louis XIV
King Louis XIV in red high heels

In fact, for decades high heels found their place on the feet of male soldiers, aristocrats, and even royals in differing parts of the globe for very specific reasons. And when it comes to the surprising history of heeled shoes, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The origin of high-heels can be traced back to 15th century Persia when soldiers wore them to help secure their feet in stirrups. Persian migrants brought the shoe trend to Europe, where male aristocrats wore them to appear taller and more formidable.


The question is, so how then did women end up in heels? And why?
Apparently, The pedestal-like chopine of the late 15th to the early 17th centuries transformed the upper-class European woman into a towering figure.

Especially popular in Venice, the shoes were so exceptionally high — sometimes up to 54 cm — that maids were used as crutches.

Chopines were completely hidden under skirts. The higher the footwear, the more cloth was required for the dress, another indication of status.

So it’s only safe to say in this case that heels were indicators of social status.

Well, how much has changed throughout the centuries of speedily evolving fashion?
I mean, a woman in a stiletto is seen as classy and sleek.
Heels are expensive, ranging from Gucci to Chanel, United Nude, Dorothy Perkins, Hush Puppies, Victoria Secrets, and the likes.

A woman pays really good money to get the latest and loveliest “high wear”
Pretty much haven’t changed because the rich still wear heels and that heel wearing is almost always stereotypical.

high heels for ladies

Despite the widespread use of high-heeled footwear in both developing and modernized societies, we lack an understanding of this behavioral phenomenon at both proximate and distal levels of explanation.

All I can ever really say is that, for me, wearing heels feels amazing. I feel like I’m on top of the world and nothing can bring me down.

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