ORIGIN OF HIGH HEELS
ZEE, DID YOU KNOW?
High heels date back to 1000 BC in ancient Egypt, they were found in the tomb of Tebas,
However, men wore high heels as early as the 10th century for horseback riding. The heels on the boots helped to secure the rider's foot in the stirrup.
Eventually, though, the unisex heel branched into a low, stacked heel for men and a slender heel for women, and as the style evolved, men’s dress became more sensible and understated. The distinction between classes was vanishing, and women became the curators of the high heel and other pretentious, impractical fashions. By 1740, men stopped wearing high heels entirely.
Once functioning as sensible footwear for horseback riding, high heels evolved into stilettos and pumps, impractical but irresistible signifiers of femininity and wealth. High heels are irresistable, though, and perhaps someday they will be seen as symbols of power and status—and maybe men will reclaim the shoe that they created.
Today, high heels are worn primarily by women is a trendy fashion that is here to stay.