The fierce design of high heels has made them a fashion staple for women. The added height, compared to flats or kitten heels, elongates the legs and commands attention. You might have a favorite pair of high heels you love wearing from time to time. But do you know who brought this beloved shoe to life?
Even though it's hard to believe, women weren't the first to strut in high heels. They were first worn by men in the 16th century. And this wasn't a practice of mobility - this was about nobility. Men were fascinated with exuding authority by wearing this high-end fashion. Back then, the high heel was a symbol of class, privilege, and power. And things haven't changed.
For example, King Louis XIV of France is depicted wearing high, red-heeled shoes in a painting that was on display at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. It was included in an exhibition dedicated to high heels.
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