Why Do We Wear High Heels?

Ancient Egyptians and Greeks may have been the first groups of people to wear high-heeled shoes. The first modern heels, however, were worn by horse-riding men to keep their feet in stirrups. Many etymologists believe the word "wealthy" came from the term "well heeled," as shoes were a status symbol as early as the 1500s.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. High heels may have been worn among ancient Egyptians and Greeks. 00:12

  2. The Enlightenment Movement established ideas that suggested men should stop wearing heels. 00:54

  3. Cosmetic procedures like toe-shortening are requested by some who want to wear heels more comfortably. 01:33

Written by Curiosity Staff February 21, 2015