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It’s true what they say about fashion, it is a mirror of our times. Fashion trends are a reflection of social, economic, political and cultural changes happening at the time.

Never has this fact been more obvious than when you study the origin and history of heels and how they have changed over time.

I have out together a few interesting trivia/ little known facts about the history of heels. Hope you enjoy reading them!

1. Did you know that this accessory that is now synonymous with women was originally worn by men alone! It was a symbol of power and status among men in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and the only women who wore them were courtesans as they began to mirror their male counterparts.

2. Ancient Egypitian murals show heeled footwear worn by both genders but that was not just social differentiation but for practical reasons. Like butchers would wear them to avoid contact with animal carcasses.

3. Soldiers started wearing heels in the 15th century to secure their stance while shooting a bow and arrow.

4. Popularity of heels began to decline in 18th century during political revolutions and turbulent times and when class division started to be looked down upon.

5. During the Victorian era men began to view high heels as impractical and a symbol of weakness. Since society of the time viewed women as frail and weak, high heels became associated with women alone.

6. During the 20th century high heels became a symbol of eroticism and sex. Pin up girls to housewives and working women, all took to heels and started wearing them everywhere.

7. Stiletto heel was born in 1953 by Roger Vivier. As the heel became an essential part of a woman’s daily wardrobe, smaller, more manageable heels and pumps became commonplace.

8. The 1960s saw the birth of “kitten heel,” which could be worn even for tasks at home, like cooking and laundry.

9. The 1970s was synonymous with the stiletto’s chunkier counterpart, the platform shoe, fashion’s response to the growing popularity of disco, which demanded that a woman be able to dance for long periods of time.

10. The 1980s and 1990s saw a resurgence of the stiletto as a feminist statement of power (paired often with sky-high hair and shoulder-padded power suits). Christian Louboutin became famous for his red-bottomed heels during this time and high heels became a fashion industry unto themselves, a trend that carries through to the present day — but only for women.

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