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.
Why Do We Wear High Heels?
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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