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Shoes…A New Look

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.

Some history on heels

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.

Who knew???

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Posted: January 31, 2013


  1. Oh yes, they used to wear heels and corsets and shoulder pads too.

    It is only a status symbol if people recognize it. To me I’d just see ‘painful and expensive’.

    Comment by April — January 31, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

  2. Well Maria, I stopped wearing high heels years ago. I know they make your legs look great but… means you have to wear a skirt or dress and that means all the other stuff that goes with the dress or skirt. Of course you also have to have the right color heel for every outfit. I decided when men started wearing heels (again I guess) I might think about it, but for now I wear my slacks and jeans and am completely content with tennis shoes or flats and am very comfortable and fairly fashionable. I decided it is time to be comfortable which I am and wish I would have done it sooner. Guess when you get older that is what you look for, just being comfortable.

    Comment by tibet/sandy — January 31, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  3. I haven’t worn them in years either. Was never a big fan of them, but I wore them when I was younger and learned the hard way that they can make for a painful day. I think the guys tried them out and then palmed them off on us!

    Comment by Maria — January 31, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

  4. I don’t really wear them anymore either. I have one pair of granny boots that have a heel but that is a short and chunky thing like a cowboy boot. Otherwise, I live in my comfy slip ons.

    Maria, if I could afford the astronomical shipping charges, I’d mail you that fashion book – it has all sorts of fun information like men wearing heels in it. Sadly, the thing weighs as much as I do…

    Comment by April — February 1, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

  5. I’ll just ask you fashion questions! Lord knows the research wouldn’t hurt me any…

    Comment by Maria — February 1, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

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