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High Heels Were Originally Meant for Men
Facts about high heels
High heels were invented for men, and they weren’t made for walking…
For centuries, persian soldiers wore heels as riding footwear that helped them secure their stance when they stood in their stirrups to sho arrows…
By the 1600s, western aristocrats began wearing heels as a status symbol, because they were so uncomfortable and impractical that they reflected the privilege of the upper class…
High heels weren’t even originally invented for women. (Surprise!)
Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, traces their history to Persian men in the 10th century,
Who wore heels while on horseback so their feet would fit better in the stirrups.
Fashion scholars call it “The Great Male Renunciation,” and it marks a moment when men’s clothing suddenly transformed from something alive with color and individual fashion to something that was comparatively drab and uniform.
The various Louis’ elaborate silks gave way to simpler silhouettes and dull-colored suits, and the heel for men never really made a comeback.
Except among those who use it for its original purpose — even today, cowboy boots have a short heel for holding on to a stirrup.
Heels were more or less unisex until the end of the 17th century, when men’s heels became lower and more robust – and women’s became more slender.
According to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, which currently has an exhibition on men’s shoes, heels were first worn by Persian horsemen in order to help them secure their stance in stirrups.
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2016/01/03/did-you-know-high-heeled-shoes-were-originally-meant-for-men-5597966/?ito=cbshare
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