What would you say if I told you high heels were originally made for men? Traced way back to the 10th century, the history of the high heels originates with soldiers and cavalry. In the 15th century, high heels were hand designed for Persian soldiers to help secure their feet in stirrups while they rode horseback. This shoe is now what we know as the cowboy boot. High heels became a status symbol during the 17th century. One distinctive character in history who was known to sport heels was King Louis XIV. He was often found wearing tight, highly decorated high heels. He later declared that red high heels could only be worn by nobility. His royalty were often seen sporting this heel—the higher the heel, the higher the class and status in society. It wasn’t until the 18th century that men deemed the high heel impractical and it became largely a women’s shoe. It was also the time when defined left versus right shoes started to be made, as in the past there was no distinction. During this century high heels were made by manufacturers with more standardized sizes and widths. With more manufacturing, shoes became more affordable and less about social status and class. In 1950 the stiletto was created. This era delivered the two iconic shoe stories: the glass slipper in Cinderella and the ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz. Through centuries, the high heel has completely transformed and morphed into what we see today. The 20th and 21st centuries led to many changes for the high heel in both style and comfort, with myriad colors, materials and heights. Whether for fun, fashion or business, there is a high heel out there for you! Want to learn more about high heels? Read about the anatomy of high heels.