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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.

Via roomoffashion.com

The act of putting on and lacing up ones sandals symbolized — quite literally — the "step" an unmarried virgin took to become a wedded sexual woman.

Prostitutes back in Greece B.C. wore sandals with marked soles that left seductive messages for their clients.

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Apparently one account found the markings on the ground to read "ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΕΙ AKOLOUTHEI," or "follow me."

In imperial China, the tiny steps and swaying of women with bound feet aroused their men.

Via en.wikipedia.org

The ideal shoe during the Shang Dynasty was made of silk and was only 3 inches long. Chinese men also fantasized that the careful trot would strengthen vaginal muscles.

The original Cinderella was actually a tale of fetishism and hegemony.

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The story debuted in late 17th century and reflected the ideal beauty standard at the time: Small feet symbolized inborn appeal, and Cinderella fitting the tiny shoe was a metaphor for finding the perfect emotional and sexual compatibility with someone.

Sigmund Freud believed that high heels were a vessel to a woman's genitals.

Via weheartit.com

In his essay "Fetishism," Freud says, "…the foot or shoe owes its preference as a fetish — or a part of it — to the circumstance that the inquisitive boy peered at the woman’s genitals from below, from her legs up, fur and velvet — as has long been suspected — are a fixation of the sight of the pubic hair, which should have been followed by the longed-for sight of the female member; pieces of underclothing, which are so often chosen as a fetish, crystallize the moment of undressing, the last moment in which the woman could still be regarded as phallic.”

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