TIL high heels were originally worn by men. They were found to be extremely effective in keeping a horse riders’ feet in the stirrups, then evolved to a social status symbol, then a fashion statement.

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Butchers also wore heeled shoes to keep them up off the pools of blood


This “fashion statement” was a not-so-subtle way of saying, “Look at me, I’m rich enough to own a riding horse, and you’re not”


Cowboy boots still have heels.


Men also found heels made their butts look cuter.


Along with (to some extent) other ‘fashionable’ things we might now associate more with women I think?