Were high heels originated for men or women?

“For generations they have signified femininity and glamour – but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.” -By William Kremer

It’s interesting to me that high heels were originated for men and it was a way of showing masculinity compared to now, if you see a man in high heels you would probably think that he is gay. High heels are not the usual shoes you would mostly choose for walking because they are just not so comfortable to walking in for too long or even to just have your feet in them. High heels other than showing masculinity also showed wealth of the man. Usually the men that were wealthy did not have to walk very far or do much which allowed them to wear heels with no problem.

Women didn’t adopt the trends of the high heels not too long ago around 1630s. The women wanted to adopt the high heels to make their outfits more masculine. Its was then after unisex heels were created that the trends of the men wearing high heels was slowing changing into a women’s accessory.

But even so after the women decided to start wearing heels, why did the men stop? It may be strange now to see men wearing high heels, but its all with adaptation. It was done before, why can’t it be done again?

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21151350


One thought on “Were high heels originated for men or women?

  1. I find this very interesting. As a straight man who is able to walk in high heels, I find it makes sense that it was seen as masculine so long ago. Enduring the pain for long periods of time seems to be a typically masculine thing, or at least it is seen to be. I also find it interesting that women began wearing them to dress more like men. That is an interesting difference in culture.

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