It's hard to think of a more iconically feminine accessory than the high-heeled shoe. In fact, high heels have been associated with women since all the way back in the 1600s. Well, here's a shocker: For the seven centuries that preceded that, they were exclusively worn by men.
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Key Facts In This Video
High heels may have been worn among ancient Egyptians and Greeks. 00:12
The Enlightenment Movement established ideas that suggested men should stop wearing heels. 00:54
Cosmetic procedures like toe-shortening are requested by some who want to wear heels more comfortably. 01:33
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