I don’t have a shoe fetish, I promise. But I recently came across this article about how high heels were originally worn by men. Really? I’ve been to the Victoria and Albert museum and I probably saw these heels. But I always assumed they were women’s shoes. Yeah, I’ve seen the Louise XIV portrait before, but he looks so very odd that I never thought much about the shoes.
As for the cowboy boots, any cowboy will tell you the heel is indeed helpful when riding–and walking. The short heel helps you dig your feet in when running and sliding after an escaped cow down a God-forsaken incline that is full of rocks. The slight heel is much like a heel on a hiking boot–for much the same reason: grip. The high sides to the boots protect your legs from catsclaw and other cactus in the desert.
I did chuckle at this part:
“An obvious link with Louis XIV and the red sole and heel is Christian Louboutin’s red sole (right), which is today one of the most immediate and recognisable status symbols,” says Helen Persson from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Really? Red soles are a status symbol? Guess I hang out with the wrong crowds. They just aren’t “immediate” or “recognizable” status symbols for me. I’ve probably forgotten to bow a time or two. Or notice at all.
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