Why Do We Wear High Heels?

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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    High heels may have been worn among ancient Egyptians and Greeks. (0:12)

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    The Enlightenment Movement established ideas that suggested men should stop wearing heels. (0:54)

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    Cosmetic procedures like toe-shortening are requested by some who want to wear heels more comfortably. (1:33)

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