In the medieval times, rich men and ladies started wearing these stage shoes called "Chopines" more for commonsense reasons as opposed to form. Amusing enough, the reason that they wore them was to actually raise them over the steed excrement that was everywhere throughout the lanes in those days... yuck!
Here is an example of a 17th Century Swedish Chopin Heel combination. Can you envision a wealthy male aristocrat walking through the streets wearing these?!
Here are some examples of the "wedge" shoes of today, reminiscent of the 17th Century Chopin heel shown above.
Melissa Shoes - Peace Wedge - Black - $29.90, See Site shipping - Available at St. Bernard Sports
Report - Women's Kim - Purple - size 8.5 - $46.00, Free shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
Ugg - UGG Lucianna Stripe Women's Wedge Shoes - Black - $37.50 (59% off), Free shipping - Available at 6pm.com
King Lois the 14th
Women of the 1630's also began wearing high heels as a form of protest against men's more powerful positions in social society.
Shoe designers of today often look for inspiration from the past such as these "red bottom" high heel platform shoes available at Amazon.
QueenFashion Womens Closed Round Toe High Heel Platform - $39.99, 9.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
There are even "red bottom" colored sole kits available today that you can add to your heels.
Red Bottom Slip Resistant Shoe Bottom - $13.95, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
The Victorian Era
Current day shoe makers are still inspired by this era and still create many Victorian inspired shoes today!
Lace Studded Rhinestones Red Bottom Stiletto Heel Ankle Boots with Zipper - $46.99, 9.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
Modern Day Heels
The high heels of today are available in many different colors and styles such as the heels shown below.
Paris Hilton - Joya High Heels - $39.99, Free shipping - Available at 6pm.com
Sam Edelman - Alysia High Heels (Black) - $59.88 (57% off), Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com
I often wonder that if all of the women in the world knew the roots to this trend... would so many of us still walk around in pain and agony every day for the sake of "fashion"? What are your thoughts on the matter? Sound off in the comments below!
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