Wow, The History Of Women's Shoes Is Really Insane And Patriarchal
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To start, in Ancient Greece, strappy sandals were used to confer females to sexual objects.
Prostitutes back in Greece B.C. wore sandals with marked soles that left seductive messages for their clients.
In imperial China, the tiny steps and swaying of women with bound feet aroused their men.
Clogs from the Middle Ages immobilized women with platforms upward of 30 inches tall.
The original Cinderella was actually a tale of fetishism and hegemony.
Seventeenth-century law instated a heel-height limit to prevent pregnant women from falling and aborting their babies.
Seventeenth-century law then changed its mind and increased heel height to keep wives from roaming freely and having liaisons with random men.
The Puritan Massachusetts Colony banned women from wearing heels to seduce men, assuming women wore heels to seduce men.
Catherine de Medici made shoes the it thing because she thought herself too short and had a crush on the Duke of Orleans.
Then Louis XIV threw a fit and imposed a strict rule that only he and his court were allowed to wear red soles.
But Napoleon had them banned after the French Revolution because he didn't like their noble exclusivity.
During World War II, women wore platforms to buoy the soldiers' spirits.
Sigmund Freud believed that high heels were a vessel to a woman's genitals.
The religious community also chimed in, claiming heels were a device to bewitch a man into loving her.
The almighty high heel became a point of contest during the 1960s when a bond of women claimed men created it to slow women down.
Then, in the '80s and '90s, the "Girl Power" movement argued that the sex appeal of heels was powerful, not passive.
And funny enough, the once-controversial high-heeled shoe was first invented for men on horseback to stay in their stirrups.
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