HISTORY OF HIGH HEELS

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In modern generation high heels signify femininity and glamour but the pairs of high heels was once essential accessory for only men. Beautiful, provocative sexy high heels may be all these things or more but even their most ardent fans would not claim they were very practical. The high- heels were not good for hiking or driving as it gets stuck in things. And often women in heels are advised to stay off the grass and also ice, cobbled streets and posh floors. And high heels do not tend to be very comfortable. It is almost as though they just were not designed for walking in. Originally, it was not.MoneySupermarket-690x326

“The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near East as a form of riding footwear,” according to Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Good horsemanship was also essential to the fighting styles of Persia, the historical name for modern day Iran. “When the soldier stood up in a stirrups the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively,” says Semmelhack. At the end of the 16th Century, it is Persia’s Shah Abbas I who had the largest cavalry in the world. He was keen to forge links with rulers in Western Europe to help him defeat the enemy Ottoman Empire.Copyright © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada_65445024_p06-0013-adetail1
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A men’s 17th Century Persian shoe, covered in shagreen horse hide with pressed mustard seeds. So in 1599, Abbas sent first Persian diplomatic mission to Europe it called on the courts of Russia, Germany and Spain. A wave of interest in all things Persian also passed through Western Europe. Persian style shoes were enthusiastically adopted by the aristocrats, who sought to give their appearance a virile, masculine edge, it suddenly seems heeled shoes supplied.Louis XIV painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud (Getty Images)Image caption of Louis XIV wearing his trademark heels in a 1701 in portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud. The wearing of heels filtered into the lower ranks of society, so aristocracy responded by dramatically increasing the height of their shoes and the high heel was born. In muddy, rutted streets of 17th Century Europe, the new shoes had no utility value whatsoever as that was the whole point. One of the best ways a person’s status can be conveyed is through impracticality, as stated by Semmelhack, adding upper classes used impractical uncomfortable and luxurious clothing to announce also the privileged status. “They are not in fields working so do not have to walk far.”9eae5c6c9e8496f9d5c61eb211f82a41.jpgWhen it comes to history’s most notable shoe collectors, the Imelda Marcos of his day was arguably Louis XIV of France. For a great king, rather so diminutively proportioned at only 5ft 4in (1.63m) he supplemented his stature by a further 4in (10cm) with heels, often elaborately decorated by depictions of battle scenes. The heels and soles were always red the dye was expensive and carried a martial overtone. The fashion also soon spread overseas. During Charles II of England’s coronation portrait of 1661 features him wearing a pair of enormous red, French style heels although he was over 6ft or (1.85m) to begin with. In the 1670s, Louis XIV issued an edict that only members of his court were allowed to wear red heels. In theory, all anyone in French society had to do to check whether someone was in favour with the king was by glancing downwards. The popular saying if you want to know what a person constitues look at their shoes because shoes tell a lot about people. However, in practice, unauthorised, imitation heels available made it possible for people to copy the fashion style by all classes.large.jpgAlthough Europeans were first attracted to heels because the Persian connection gave them macho air a craze in women’s fashion for adopting elements of men’s dress meant their use also soon spread to women and children. “In the 1630s women started cutting their hair, adding epaulettes to outfits,” says Semmelhack. “They would smoke pipes, they would wear hats that was very masculine. And this is why women adopted heels. It was in an effort to masculinise their outfits.” From that time, Europe’s upper classes followed a unisex shoe fashion until the end of the 17th Century, when things began to change again.”You start seeing a change in the heel at this point,” says Helen Persson, a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. “Men started to have a squarer, more robust, lower stacky heel, while women’s heels became more slender and curvaceous.”10-Men_in_Heels_advertising-Hombre_en_tacones_tendencia-Marco_sandor.JPGThe toes of women’s shoes were often tapered so that when the tips appeared from her skirts, wearer’s feet appeared to be small and dainty. Fast forward a few more years and the intellectual movement that came to be known as the Enlightenment brought with it a new respect for the rational and useful and an emphasis on education rather than privilege. Men’s fashion shifted towards more practical clothing. In England, aristocrats began to wear simplified clothes that were linked to their work managing country estates. It was the beginning of what has been called the Great Male Renunciation, which would see men abandon wearing of jewellery, bright colours and ostentatious fabrics in favour of a dark, more sober, and homogeneous look. Men’s clothing no longer operated so clearly as a signifier of social class, while these boundaries were being blurred, the differences also between the gender sexes became more androgenous and more pronounced. So continued in conversations like men are from Mars and women from Venus. In the real life living history of Kinky Boots men reclaim the high heels especially by creating new fashion high heel boots to adapt to save in restoring good success of a company struggling about fold up.19741756-mmmain.jpg“There begins also discussion about how men, regardless of station, of birth, if educated could become citizens,” says Semmelhack. “The women, in contrast, were seen as emotional, sentimental and uneducatable. Female desirability begins to be constructed in terms of irrational fashion and the high heel once separated from its original function of horseback riding becomes the primary example of impractical dress.” High heels were seen as foolish or effeminate. By 1740 men had stopped wearing them altogether. It was in 50 years before they disappeared from women’s feet too, falling out of favour after the French Revolution. By the time heels came back into fashion, in the mid-19th Century, photography was transforming the way fashions and the female self-image were constructed._65446103_531809352015-01-MoneySuperMarketPornographers were among the first to embrace the new technology, by taking pictures of naked women used for dirty postcards, positioning models in poses that resembled classical nudes, but let them wear modern-day high heels. So Semmelhack, the author of ‘Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe,’ believes association with pornography led to high heels being seen as an erotic adornment for women. Image caption of rare sight men in high heels at gay pride party in Spain in 2005. The 1960s saw also return of low heeled cowboy boots for men and some dandies strutted their stuff in platform shoes in 1970s. So the era of men walking around on their toes seems to be behind us. Can society ever return to era of guys squeezing their big hairy feet into 4inch, shiny, brightly coloured high heels?”Absolutely,” says Semmelhack. There is no reason, she believes, why the high heel cannot continue to be ascribed new meanings although may wait for the true gender equality first. “If signifier of actual power, then men will be as willing to wear it as women.”

Exodus 3:5Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head went up weeping as they went.
Acts 7:30-35“After forty years passed, AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH. “When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. read more.
Deuteronomy 25:8-9“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her,’ his brother’s wife shall come to him in sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘This is done to a man who does not build up his brother’s house. In Bible shoes.
 Ruth 4:8 As closest relative said to Boaz “Buy it for yourself, removed his sandal to give him as proof of Covenant.
Psalm 60:8“Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”
Psalm 108:9“Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”
Song of Solomon 7:1 “How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince’s daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, The work of the hands of an artist.
Isaiah 9:5 Every boot of booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for fire.
Amos 2:6Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals.
Matthew 3:11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Mark 1:7And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.
Luke 3:16John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
John 1:27“It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”
Acts 13:25While John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
Genesis 14:23 I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear so say, ‘I made Abram rich.’
Mark 6:9 Jesus said wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”
Acts 12:8And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap cloak around you and follow me.”
Deuteronomy 33:25“Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.
Ezekiel 16:10“I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; wrapped with fine linen and covered you with silk.
Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, and headbands, crescent ornaments.
Exodus 12:11‘Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste–it is the LORD’S Passover.
Isaiah 20:2-3 at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet ” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. And the LORD said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush,
Ezekiel 24:17“Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men.”
Ezekiel 24:23‘Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not weep, but will rot away in iniquities and you will groan to one another.
Joshua 5:15 Captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Joshua 9:5 and worn out patched sandals on their feet, and worn out clothes on themselves; and all bread of provision was dry and had become crumbled.
Joshua 9:13 “These wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these clothes and our sandals are worn out of the very long journey.”
Deuteronomy 29:5 “I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
Amos 8:6 To buy the helpless for money needy for a pair of sandals, that may sell the refuse of the wheat?”
Deuteronomy 25:9-15 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’ “In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’
Ruth 4:7-8 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” He removed his sandal.
Matthew 10:10 or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.

Luke 10:4“Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.

Ephesians 6:15 And having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
Luke 15:22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;

From Thematic Bible


Shoes »John 10:10

For your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.

Mark 6:9 but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”

Luke 10:4“Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.

Shoes » Illustrative » Of the beauty conferred on saints

Luke 15:22“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;

Song of Songs 7:1“How beautiful are your feet in sandals,prince’s daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, The work of the hands of an artist.

Shoes » The jews » Never wore, in mourning

2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head went up weeping as they went.

Isaiah 20:2-3 at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet ” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. And the LORD said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush,

Shoes » Illustrative » (taken off,) of an ignominious and servile condition

Jeremiah 2:25 “Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst; But you said, ‘It is hopeless! No! For I have loved strangers, And after them I will walk.’

Isaiah 47:2 “Take the millstones and grind meal Remove your veil, strip off the skirt, Uncover leg, cross the rivers.

Shoes » Illustrative » (thrown over a place,) of subjection

Psalm 60:8“Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”

Psalm 108 “Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”

Shoes » The jews » Put off, when they entered sacred places

Joshua 5:15 The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Exodus 3:5 Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Shoes » Worn out by a long journey

Joshua 9:13“These wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the very long journey.”

Joshua 9:5 and worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled.

Shoes » Bound round the feet with latchets or strings

Acts 12 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”

John 1:27 He who comes after me, the thong of sandal not worthy to untie.”

Shoes » Loosing of, for another a degrading office

Mark 1:1+ And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

John 1:27 He who comes after me, thong of His sandal I am not worthy to untie.”

Shoes » Of ladies of distinction »Often highly ornamental

Song of Songs 7:1  “How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince’s daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, The work of the hands of an artist.

Shoes » Customs connected with » A man who refused to marry a deceased brother’s wife disgrace pulling off his shoes

Deuteronomy 25:9-10 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’ “In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’

Shoes » Called sandals

Mark 6:9 but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”

Acts 12:8 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. He said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”

Shoes » Often given as bribes

Amos 8:6 So as to buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”

Amos 2:6Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals.

Shoes » Soles of, sometimes plated with brass or iron

Deuteronomy 33:25 Soles will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.

Shoes » Of Israel preserved for forty years, while journeying in the wilderness

Deuteronomy 29:5“I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.

Shoes » Illustrative » Of the preparation of the gospel

Ephesians 6:15 Have FEET SHOD WITH PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;

Shoes » Of ladies of distinction »Often made of badgers’ skins

Ezekiel 16:10 “I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.

Shoes » Early use 

Genesis 14:23 I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’

Shoes » The jews » Put on, before beginning a journey

Exodus 12:11 ‘Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste–it is the LORD’S Passover.

Shoes » Bearing, for another a degrading office, only performed by slaves

Matthew 3:1B“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Shoes » Of ladies of distinction »Probably often adorned with tinkling ornaments

Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments,

Shoes » Illustrative » (having blood on,) of being engaged in war and slaughter

1 Kings 2:5 “Now you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also shed the blood of war in peace. And he put the blood of war on his belt about his waist, and on his sandals on his feet.

Shoes » Customs connected with »The right of redemption resigned by a man’s giving one of his shoes to the next of kin

Ruth 4:7-8 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So the closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” Removed his sandal.

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