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Gender and high heels

William Kremer at the BBC World Service writes an interesting piece on how high heels were once the essential accessory for men.

Before they came to Europe, they were worn for centuries in the far east, as riding footwear. Towards the end of the 16th century, they came to Europe. During the 17th century, they became the accessory of such famous people as Louis XIV. And then, around the middle of the 18th century, they were considered effeminate and abandoned by men. Finally, they came into fashion for women during the late 19th century when they were seen as erotic footwear for women.

Read the full story on the BBC website.


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