High heels were designed by the Persian cavalries

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The origin of high heels dates back to the 10th century, when Persians wore high-heeled shoes when riding horses. The heels would help maintain balance while riding the horse and shooting arrows, as they could easily be trapped in the stirrups. The design of high-heeled shoes that we know today was introduced in Europe in the 17th century by the Persian Embassy of Shah Abbas I. Donning has become a symbol of class and status and royalty just like the King Louis IV theirs.

According to Klaus Carl, the authorities also attributed a specific heel length according to social rank. It was an inch and a half for the people, 1 inch for the burghers, 1½ inches for the knights, 2 inches for the nobles and 2 ½ inches for the princes. Women were not far behind and quickly became fashionable, but the design of heels for women’s shoes was thinner and sharper than men’s. It was only after the French Revolution in the 1780s that heels became more popular in women’s fashion. Subsequently, with the invention of the sewing machine and other technologies, production has increased. Advertisements such as pin-up posters during the World Wars have also helped shape the image of heels in what it is today.

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