It’s quite hard to believe but. Heels were meant for men though.
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 run way. 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.
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.
In 1673, King Louis XIV introduced shoes with red heels and red soles to the French court. He restricted the wearing of such shoes to his circle of nobles. The practice was later taken up by royalty across Europe and became highly fashionable. The color coding — identifying superiority and privilege — was quickly copied by aspirants.
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 or 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 “highwear”
Pretty much hasn’t changed considering the fact that the rich still wear heels and that heel wearing is almost always stereotypical.
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.