History of the Heel
Tory’s Fabienne bootie
By the 17th century, the high heel had made its way to Europe where it became popular among male aristocrats. King Louis XIV — as history has well documented — was highly enthusiastic about the new trend.
With time, men’s heels grew sturdier and more practical as women’s…didn’t. Eventually, men ditched the decorative shoes altogether and, by the 18th century, only lucky ladies were wearing them.
Over the year, heels have become the subject of much female folklore. To think how different storylines would be without them: Cinderella wouldn’t have met her prince, Dorothy would still be stuck in Oz and Carrie Bradshaw could have paid off her credit cards. A world without high heels… we won’t even go there.
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