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

Even-Tomatillo-4197

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”

wwarnout

Cowboy boots still have heels.

hoarder59

Men also found heels made their butts look cuter.

Mr_Mouthbreather

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

Mkwdr