Did you know? High Heels Were Originally Meant for Men
Facts About High Heels
- High heels were made for men, and were not made for walking.
- Persian soldiers wore heels for centuries as riding footwear which helped them to protect their position when they stood for shooting arrows.
- Western aristocrats started wearing heels as a status symbol in the 1600s because they were so uncomfortable and impractical they reflected the luxury of the upper class.
- High heels were not even created for women in the first place. (Surprise!)
- Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, traces their history to 10th-century Persian people.
- It’s called “The Great Male Renunciation” by fashion theorists and it represents a moment when men’s clothing abruptly transformed from something alive with colour and individual fashion into something that was comparatively drab and dull.
- The lavish silks of the different Louis made way for simpler silhouettes and dull-coloured suits, and the heel never really made a comeback for man.
- Except for those who use it for its original purpose — cowboy boots still have a short heel to hang on to a stirrup even today.
- Until the end of the 17th century, when men’s heels became lower and more sturdy, heels were more or less unisex.
- According to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, heels were first worn by Persian horsemen to help them defend their stance in stirrups.
These are some of the most fascinating facts of ancient times about high heels. High heels Were Meant for Men
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