1. The original high heels were men’s shoes — and they weren’t meant for walking.
Horseback riders wore spikey-heeled shoes so that they could stand in their stirrups and shoot bows more accurately. No one ever said, “Hey, let’s walk in these!” Because that would have been insane.
3. Shit got so out of hand in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries that women wore these “chopines” to really drive the point home.
Sometimes they needed servants help them walk down the street, which really reinforced the whole “I’m filthy stinkin’ rich” thing. The long, voluminous dresses of the period neatly concealed how enormous these shoe stilts were.
Someone realized high heels do wonders for the butt and legs — and started drawing pinups wearing them. Men loved it, women caught on, and the rest is history.
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