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Why did men stop wearing high heels?

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Why did men stop wearing high heels?


"The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear," says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. "When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively."

From 1599 Persian style shoes were enthusiastically adopted by aristocrats in Western Europe, who sought to give their appearance a virile, masculine edge. 

"One of the best ways that status can be conveyed is through impracticality," says Semmelhack, adding that the upper classes have always used impractical, uncomfortable and luxurious clothing to announce their privileged status.

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