History of Heels [10 Interesting Facts about Heels]

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History of Heels [10 Interesting Facts about Heels]

Have you ever wondered where the high heels came from? What is the history of high heels?

Well, for your information, we have compiled a shortlist of 10 intriguing histories of heels facts. Here are what we found:

10 facts about heels that will interest you.

1. According to Wikipedia the first known pictorial representation of heels comes from 10th century Persia.

Did you know? The use of heels hasn’t always been associated with feminity and beauty.

2. Modern high heels were brought to Europe by emissaries of Abbas the Great in the early 17th century.

Did you know? There are up to 42 types of heels. Check them out here

3. Interestingly, it was worn by men to make their legs fit better on the stirrups when they are out riding horses. 

4. Heels were originally about function and not fashion. Research indicates that heels kept arrow-shooting riders, who stood up on galloping horses, safely on the horse.

5. During the war, heels were seen as an additional tool. Riders were expected to steady themselves on their horses while carrying and using their weapons without any disruption to their balance. This helps them to use their weaponry better in the face of warfare at that time. 

6. Women of the 1700s wore high heels to make their feet look smaller.

Most importantly, (the high heel) hid the majority of a woman’s foot under her skirt, so she could just present the tiny part of the shoe, the toes, from under the skirt.

Did you know?

An average woman will wear around 120 pairs of heels in her lifetime. That’s about 3-4 heels per year and roughly 5-6 months of the year spent in high heels.

7. During the Medieval period, both men and women wore platform shoes in order to raise themselves out of the trash and excrement filled streets.

8. Men wore them to imply their upper-class status. Above all, only someone who did not have to work could afford, both financially and practically, to wear such extravagant shoes.

9. Royalty such as King Louis XIV wore heels to impart status. As heels caught on, other members of society began donning high heels. Elite members made their heels even higher to distinguish themselves from the lower classes. Authorities even began regulating the length of a high heel’s point according to social rank.

10. Then, when Enlightenment ideals such as science, nature, and logic took hold of many European societies, men gradually stopped wearing heels. 

Read: Why men’s shirt button is on the right and women’s shirt on the left


After the French Revolution in the late 1780s, heels, femininity, and superficiality all became known together. As a result, heels became much more associated with a woman’s supposed sense of extravagance.

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