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High Heels a History of Fashion

 Cone, wedges, prism, kitten or puppy, whatever the style, high heels are a classic feature of female fashion. As we struggle along battling foot pain, risking falls and dodging grates and soft grass, do we ever stop to consider the history of these most iconic oieces of footwear?


The origin of high heels is contentious, though many believe they originated in ancient Egypt, where the wearing of any shoes was a sign of power and wealth. The first precursors to what we now call stilettos were discovered in an Egyption tomb, dated to around 1000BC.


Legend has it high heels were introduced to European aristocracy in the 16th Century by Catherine de Medici in Paris. Betrothed to the Duke of Orleans, who would later become the king of France, the diminutive 15 year old Catherine donned slippers with two-inch heels to increase her stature and command respect.


By 1850, men had got in on the act, too, with nobleman and the “well-heeled” in Enland and France slipping into heels sometimes up to five inches high. It was a past time fraught with danger for Frenchman, however as those found wearing heels higher than those worn by the King could find themselves thrown in jail…or worse.


Thankfully, men’s heels faded into obscurity during the French revolution as ideals of equality took over from traditions of aristocracy and privileged. Along with the demise of men’s heels, those for women also disappeared. Not everyone was happy with this of course, the Queen of France Marie Antoinette reputedly went to the guillotine wearing two-inch high heels.


Heels regained popularity in the late 1800’s and into the 20th century. Rising hemlines in the 1920,s encouraged decorative footwear with a high heel, thus the introduction of the Louis heel into western culture. The post war era saw a revival of fashion in the west, led in part by French fashion icon Christian Dior. The sexy shoe, with a tapered heel, became known as the stiletto.


High heels – supposed to give the impression of longer, more slender legs – were crtitsied by feminists in the 1960’s as a form of oppression, however much of that concern was forgotten during the disco age of the next decade where even stars like john Travolta got in on the act, wearing platforms in Saturday Night Fever.


Love them or hate them, it seems high heels are her to stay and perhaps only an Australian revolution could ever see them lose their popularity again.

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