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High Heels Were Once a Status Symbol for Men

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Texas chapter.

For centuries, high heels have been a popular fashion choice among women. However, what many people may not know is that high heels were originally designed for men, and were a symbol of masculinity for nearly a thousand years.

The history of high heels dates back to the 10th century, when Persian horseback warriors wore them to help secure their feet in stirrups. The trend soon spread throughout Europe, and in the 16th century, high heels became a symbol of status among men. The higher and more elaborate the heel, the wealthier and more powerful the man was believed to be.

Even in the 17th and 18th centuries, men continued to wear high heels as a way to demonstrate their status and masculinity. Heels were often decorated with intricate designs and expensive materials, such as diamonds and gold.

However, by the end of the 18th century, the trend began to shift towards more practical and comfortable footwear. Women began to adopt the high heel as a way to make themselves appear taller and more slender, while men began to favor flatter, more functional shoes.

Despite the shift in fashion trends, high heels continued to be worn by men in certain professions, such as theater and dance. Even today, some men choose to wear high heels as a form of self-expression or as part of their cultural or artistic identity.

Men wearing high heels may seem like a strange and distant concept now, but it was once a popular and stylish trend. From French kings to British aristocrats, high heels were the epitome of power and masculinity. And who knows, maybe in the future, we’ll see a resurgence of this classic trend. Until then, let’s admire the boldness and confidence of women and men who rock heels with pride.

Vanna Chen

Texas '23

Senior Computer Science Major Sleepy, Funny, Addicted to Kombucha