Women Won't Wear High Heel Shoes The Same Way Again After Reading This Article. Shocking Truth indeed!


Who do you think first wore high heel shoes? If you think it's a woman, you are wrong, dead wrong! According to the history books, men wore high heel shoes long before women. It was written and noted that the first high heel wearers are Persian horseback warriors.

The extended heels of the shoe are mainly created for horse riding purposes. They develop it to keep the horse rider's foot from slipping up in the stirrups which is really helpful when shooting arrows.

History books says that the craze for high heeled shoes, for men, all started when a group of Persian diplomats visited Europe in the 15th century. Western European Aristocrats enthusiastically embraced and adopeted the Persian-style high heeled shoes.

Since then, the shoes became a status symbol. Rich men from 15th century wears high heel shoes to make themeselves look taller than their peers.

When the 1600s came, the perception about high heel shoes changed. From being a shoe used for horse riding, it became a shoe that defines the wearers' status in society. Powerful leader in Louis XIV of France used the shoe not just to make himself look taller, but also to define his power. He wears red heels on all his shoes and ordered that only the upper echelons of society could have matching red heels.

15th Century Man Wearing High Heel Shoes
The women of 1600s didn't want to get left behind in terms of role in the society. Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and author of Heights of Fashion, a History of the Elevated Shoe, says the rage of that period in parts of Europe was for women to dress and act like a man. (It should be noted, though, that at the time men’s outfits by today’s standards were extremely effeminate, a-la King Louis XIV)
You had women cutting their hair, adding epaulettes to their outfits. They would smoke pipes, they would wear hats that were very masculine. And this is why women adopted the heel — it was in an effort to masculinise their outfits.
As time passed by, the fashion and craze in high heels has reached the lower classes of the society. They started to wear high heel shoes as well but the elite has done something to make a statement about their level. The upper class make their heels more tallker than the lower class. So technically back then, the higher the heel, the higher his stand in the society. They also started to differentiate the heels into two kinds - flat heels for men and skinny heels for women.

Eventually, men drifted away from wearing high heel shoes completely. Since the women are already wearing it, men decided not to use such shoe anymore to show their distinction and upper hand in the society.

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21 comments:

Joy Calipes-Felizardo said...

I remembered doing a research paper on shoes back in college, this is pretty ineteresting.

Franc said...

This is something new to learn about high heels. It's a sign of class and status in olden times but it would be difficult for guys to wear shoes since we are more mobile now.

Claudine said...

Doesn't matter who wore it first, I'll still wear my high heels. :D Interesting read though.

Nilyn EC Matugas said...

Good thing I don't wear heels anymore. :D

Michi said...

Nice trivia. I did not know that men wore the first high heels shoes.

JanzCrystalz January said...

Good read. Nice information. I wonder if my husband can wear high heels.. hahaha I too can't wear them. I always go for flats.

kat said...

I always prefer to wear flats. They are more comfortable to wear. High heels are really associated with formal events. Indeed, there is a certain degree of power that wearing high heels bring.

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Russ R. said...


This is a good read.
I love heels and I love wearing 'em. I'm not tall to begin with so over the years, I've come to own several pairs. I do feel extra confident when I'm in heels - it makes a whole lot of difference.

Russ R. said...

This is a good read.
I love heels and I love wearing 'em. I'm not tall to begin with so over the years, I've come to own several pairs. I do feel extra confident when I'm in heels - it makes a whole lot of difference.

Nanda Reis said...

I'm obsessed with heels! I love them, they are so sexy and make women feel so powerful! I did have the opportunity to go to Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto when I was in high school and it is a magical place. You don't expect to see things you'll see in there..

Fernando Lachica said...

A nice and informative article written history. Flat shoes and sandals are more comfortable. But in some occasions, wearing heels's vital.

Jason P. said...

So crazy! I didn't know there was this whole other history to high heels!!

May De Jesus-Palacpac said...

Well I'm glad that men took out the heels from their shoes, they just don't look good. I also don't like men's shoes that are too embellished. They don't look masculine at all.

Just thinking about it, if I were to wear a shoe based on hierarchy, I'd be having a regular, comfy, not too high, not too low heeled kind of shoes. The nobles, on the other hand, will have to wear those hard-to-walk-in shoes, their toenails will suffer with all the pressure, haha.

maria wenttotown said...

I love my heel. The higher they are, the better I feel (because I stand taller).s

John Benliro said...

Informative. High heels were originally worn by men? This is the kind of read that doesn't wear off. I am so fond of reading this kind of info. Thanks.

Louise Banta said...

Isn't it amazing how the fashion and trends now has extra ordinary history behind them? These are the readings I love when in school. We study the history of each fashion and it's just wonderful to see how these items revolve overtime. :)

Fred Hawson said...

Height is really status symbol ever since huh? It is still a status symbol now. If you are not tall, then shoes is the way to go. I still see men in high heels. But they are more subtle about it.

TweenselMom said...

I don't think it's so weird to see men wearing heels. I've seen many photos of regal men wearing heels on ancient times.

Fatemah Sajwani said...

hey this is such an interesting post!i did read it weeks back that men originally wore heals. God I cant imagine guys in heals in today's time =p

 

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