Heels: The Symbolic Women Footwear Originally Belongs To Men

Can you imagine that the high heels women wear today which immediately elongate their legs and changes their gait and give them the glamour and confidence, were actually worn by men in the early 10th century and the trend originally belonged to them? It was primarily made for horse riding. The high heeled shoes that were worn by men during the early era of history helped them stirrups while horseback –riding during wars. The culture of high heels was started by the elite Persian cavalry which later spread to European countries and became famous amongst the royals.

Purpose of high heeled of shoes

Men from royal societies wore high heeled shoes to have a tight foot grip on the saddle while riding the horse. These shoes were popular with the warriors and then cowboys and finally, it became the style for women. These high heeled boots were also a fashion symbol of soldiers and the warriors who would showcase them in the royal courts that inspired the rich courtiers and kings to wear them.

Masculine versus Feminine       

The high heeled footwear got its gender identification at the beginning of the 16th century. The difference could be seen in the designs and pattern, while men's shoes were broad in shape and size and solid by appearance, women’s heels were crafted with more delicate material and decorations. The French queen Catherine de Medici was the first woman who brought the high heeled footwear into fashion for the women in the early 16th century. Eventually, this foot object became women's wear when many royal fellows shun the fashion of high heels considering it frivolous and illogical during the French Revolution in 1789.

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Walk like an Egyptian

Footwear was an integral part of royal fashion and it was the symbol of prestige and boasted one's position in the society in early centuries of civilization, thus it was only meant for royals and elite societies and was restricted for royal men and women only. Besides regal communities, people from other classes were not allowed to wear the heels or any other fashion garment in the history of the royal era. Apparently, ancient Egypt had experienced the high heels back in the 3500 B.C. The early depictions of high heels were first noticed on the ancient Egyptian murals hints that the high heeled fashion of footwear was popular in ancient Egypt.

Royal wear of Roman

The Romans and the Greeks had their own names for this fancy footwear. The heighten sandals were known as 'kothorni' or 'buskins' in the ancient Roman and Greek countries and the foot objects had high wooden cork soles during old Greek and Roman time. During the period of Middle Ages, ‘Chopines’ was invented which had wooden soles attached to the shoes to keep the delicate and costly clothes of royals out of the mud or the dirt while they walk on the streets. The Chopines were similar to the platform heels or shoes that we today in the market, got its popularity in the 14th century in the Middle East countries and became famous throughout Europe until mid of 16th century.

Evolvement and expansion

This delicate foot garment has broken the royal shackles and reached to common people and not just bounded to royal territory anymore. Folks from middle and lower class now equally enjoy the high heels style which does need a social status now to flaunt it. During the course of time, the styles of heels have been changed in terms of height, shape, size, material, color, pattern, designs and decorations. There are various kinds of heels we see in the market today namely pumps or high heels, kitten heels, block heels, platform heels, wedge heels, cone heels, slingback heels, ankle strap heels, stilettos, cork high heels, peep toe heels, high heeled boots, ankle boots, spool heels, mules, ballroom dance shoes, cut out heels, corset heels, French heels, chunky heels, coma heels, espadrille heels, and fantasy heels etc.. Of course, the variety of these heels are an integral part of modern fashion.

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Femme fatale

High heels have been linked to feminism since mid of 19th century when the Victorian fashion era got its prominence in the world. A fashion world is incomplete without these sleeky and attractive towering footwear. These high heels considered to be a symbol of beauty, power, and elegance of a woman making her look sensual and enticing at the same time. High heels are best worn and displayed by women during fashion shows and beauty contests and red carpet events. Thus the beauty and fashion industry cannot stand sans this exotic footwear.

High heels confidence

A pair of high heels is not just footwear but is the beauty enhancer! A piece of a gorgeous gown and set of stilettos boost up your look immediately and bring out the best beautiful woman in you instantly. The amount of confidence the high heels fills you with is enough to bring the world to its knees. Thus a shoe wardrobe is incomplete without a pair of high heels.

Rockstar of red carpet

Be it a ramp of a fashion show or red carpet award function, high heels are a must for women to wear for these ceremonial events. Some of the world’s best footwear designers like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Edgardo Osorio, Weitzman, Sergio Rossi, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson, Alexandre Birman, and Sophia Webster have showcased their marvellous designs on the most glamorous events of the world such as Cannes through the beautiful women from movie and fashion fraternity.

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Side effects of heels

It has been a dilemma for a woman that the item that gives her the never-ending confidence, also scares her with some health issues. It is believed that the long-time use of the high heels results in many health-related problems like foot pain, ankle sprain, spinal curve, crooked feet, weak ligament, knee pain, and toe hyperextension etc., however, despite all those disappointing terms, high heels has got its place in the heart of women across the world and remain as famous as ever.