Not for women. All about heels, or how men confirmed their status before
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Throughout history, even the kings of France and England wore a high platform.
High heels cause a lot of discomfort for women. In addition, they cause all sorts of health problems, uncomfortable shoes can cause ingrown nails, arthritis, or just a backache.
And although today heels are a symbol of sexuality and femininity, they used to be generally practical shoes for men , writes Ancient Origins.
Throughout history, footwear in general has been associated with changing fashion. However, it also reflected the scale of power and class. It was shoes that participated in complex and complex historical processes.
High heels originated in the Middle East. Although they were unsuitable for walking, they had a practical use. They were made for riding. In addition, already in the tenth century, the Persian army had special horse archers. They used shoes with high heels to keep from falling off the saddle. It was with the help of a heel with a high heel that the soldiers fixed their position and fired more accurately.
Later, a similar fashion came to Europe. This happened as trade routes developed. The greatest effort to distribute heels was made by the diplomatic mission of Shah Abbas I in 1599. It was after her that the European nobility paid attention to such shoes.
Today, few know that the platform was used not only by nobles, but also by kings. Louis XIV himself, the French king, was also a lover of shoes with high heels. To appear bigger, he wore 10 cm high heels. In addition, the English king Charles II also wore such shoes. In the coronation portrait of 1661, his red heels are visible.
The heels confirmed the status of men in the 17th century especially clearly. With their help, they demonstrated their privileges. But at the same time, the female intelligentsia began to use heels. In addition, comfortable shoes were necessary only for those who work in the field.
At the same time, realities close to modern times were in the Enlightenment. Then men stopped wearing heels, and women's shoes became more elegant: higher, sharper and more delicate.