A History of Heels
High-heeled shoes were originally worn by men. They date back as early as the 10th century. They were first introduced by Persian horseback-riding cultures. Men wore heels on their boots and on their shoes, because heels acted as a support to help them stay in the stirrups.
At the end of the 16th century, Persian culture sparked a number of new fashion trends across Europe – including the heel, which was seen as virile and masculine. In the 17th century, heels were particularly popular with the slightly height-challenged French king, Louis XIV.