Louis XIV + 4- or 5-inch heels decorated with miniature battle scenes – At one point in time heels were a men’s fashion, Louis XIV had manly heels with miniature battles scenes!
Louis XIV + 4- or 5-inch heels decorated with miniature battle scenes
Heels have their origin in the horse riders of Persia. A rider could securely stand up on his stirrups in his heels and face battle, a practical and formidable piece of battle attire.
The manly attire was taken by the socialites in Paris after Persia took steps to secure diplomatic relations with the West in the early 1600s. The shoe was exaggerated to create a fashion of the day that was bold, strong and fit for a king, plus utterly pointless for anything a French man would need to do is his day! Pointless fashion is the ultimate sign of wealth and decadence! Heels were Fit enough for louis XIV anyway who sported some beauties!
Louis XIV was only 5ft 4inches, hardly a tall and noble king but that was nothing a tall pair of heels could not fix! With red heels and soles showing nobility the king sported 4-5inch heels which dramatically increased his size. To top off the statement the king had his heels decorated with detailed miniature paintings of battle scenes.
As Louis XIV was painted in 1701 you can see his dashing heels, what a guy!
Women started wearing heels when it become popular to try and immitate men’s fashion and over the years they became more ‘feminine’ like the heels we see today. I suggest you read into more detail about this fascinating subject in this article from the BBC.
Fashion changes and what we perceive as one thing will often become another. When it comes to fashion and gender there have been numerous changes over the years and it’s utterly wrong to be steadfast in what you think is masculine and feminine as it will change one day and you’ll have to change with that. I think it’s good reason to not judge anyone for their fashion choices. If they are happy then so be it!
Related: Celebrity Heights
Thanks for reading – Louis XIV + 4- or 5-inch heels decorated with miniature battle scenes