Why men stopped using high-heeled shoes?
Beautiful, provocative and sensual: high heels can be all these things and more, but even your most ardent fanatics would doubt its practicality. They are not good for hiking or driving; they get stuck often; In addition, women with heels are advised to stay away from grass, ice, cobbled streets and all kinds of cobbled floors. To make matters worse, high heels are usually not very comfortable, almost as if they were not designed to walk. In fact, they were not! The high heel was used for centuries throughout the Near East as a form of riding shoes.
Good horsemanship was essential to the fighting styles of Persia: the historical name for present-day Iran. When the soldiers stood up in their stirrups, the heel secured their position so they could use their bows and arrows in the most effective manner. At the end of the sixteenth century, Shah Abbas of Persia had the greatest cavalry in the world; he really wanted to forge links with the rulers of Western Europe to help him defeat his great enemy, the Ottoman Empire.
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Then, in the year 1599, Abbas sent the first Persian diplomatic mission to Europe: he called the courts of Russia, Germany, and Spain. A wave of interest in all things Persian went through Western Europe. The shoes of that style were adopted with enthusiasm by the aristocrats, who sought to give their appearance a virile and masculine edge that, suddenly, only seemed to provide the high-heeled shoes. As its use seeped into the lower ranks of society, the aristocracy responded by dramatically increasing the height of their heels, thus giving birth to the high heel.
In the muddy and bumpy streets of Europe in the seventeenth century, these new shoes had no use, but that's what it was…
One of the best ways in which the state can be transmitted is through impassibility, and the upper classes have always used impractical and luxurious clothes to advertise their privileged status; They do not work in the field, nor do they have to walk very far. When it comes to the most remarkable shoe collectors in history, Louis XIV of France was in the lead.
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To be a great king, he had a tiny proportion of only 1.63 meters tall. He complemented his height with another 10 cm of heels, often elaborately decorated with depictions of battle scenes. The fashion soon extended to the foreigner: the picture of the coronation of Carlos II of England of 1661 presents/displays it with a pair of red heels of French style, although already it left with 1.85 ms of height. In the 1670s, Louis XIV issued an edict according to which only members of his court could wear red heels.
In theory, all that the French society had to do to check if someone was in favor of the king was to look down. In practice, unauthorized imitation heels were available. Although Europeans were attracted to high heels because the Persian connection gave them a masculine air, a craze in female fashion for adopting elements of male dress meant that their use soon spread to women and children. In the 1630s, females cut their hair and added military insignia to their outfits.
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They smoked pipes and wore hats that were very masculine. And this is the reason why women adopted the heel, it is an effort to masculinize their clothes. From that moment, the upper classes of Europe followed a fashion of unise* shoes until the end of the 17th century, when things began to change again. The men began to wear a more square, sturdy, low and strange heel, while the women, thinner and curved. The tips protruded and narrowed, making their feet seem small and delicate.
With the Enlightenment, men's fashion changed to a more practical dress. It was the beginning of what was called the Great Male Resignation, in which men would abandon the use of jewels, bright colors and ostentatious fabrics in favor of a dark, more sober and homogeneous appearance. Men's clothing no longer functioned to show social class, but as these boundaries faded, the differences between the genders became more pronounced. In the end, the heels were also seen as silly and effeminate.
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In 1740, they stopped using completely, although only 50 years after the women did too, falling out of favor after the French Revolution.
By the time the heel came back into vogue in the mid-nineteenth century, photography was transforming the way feminine fashions and self-image were constructed. The first filmmakers for adults were those who embraced this technology, showing women without clothes but with high heels today.
In this way, it is believed that the relationship with that world led to high heels to be seen as an erotic adornment for women. The 1960s saw the return of men's high-heeled cowboy boots, but in any case, the age of men's high heels seems to have been left behind.
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