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Thalia Sodi adds glitz and glam to these Tibby wedge s with a unique T-strap desi The Persian cavalry , for example, wore a kind of boot with heels in order to ensure their feet stayed in the stirrups. Furthermore, research indicates that heels kept arrow-shooting riders, who stood up on galloping horses, safely on the horse.
Owning horses was expensive and time-consuming, so to wear heels implied the wearer had significant wealth. Later, in the 12 th century, in India , heels become visible again. Then, during the Medieval period , both men and women wore platform shoes in order to raise themselves out of the trash and excrement filled streets. Venetian law then limited the height to three inches—but this regulation was widely ignored.
As the shoes caught on, and other members of society began donning high heels, elite members ordered their heels to be made even higher to distinguish themselves from lower classes. Klaus Carl includes these lengths in his book Shoes: Men wore thick heels, while women wore skinny ones.
Then, when Enlightenment ideals such as science, nature, and logic took hold of many European societies, men gradually stopped wearing heels. The design of the high French heels from the late s to around the s placed body weight on the ball of the foot, and were decorated with lace or braided fabric Figure 3.
From the ss, wide heels with an upturned toe and a buckle fastening became popular. The s and s introduced a skinnier, higher heel. The s continued this trend, but added combinations of color. Additionally, throughout all of these decades, there was no difference between the right and left shoe.
In Britain in , an act was introduced into the parliament which would have applied the same penalties as witchcraft to the use of high heels and other cosmetic devices. Heels went out of fashion starting around , and then in they returned at about two and a half inches.
The Pinet heel and the Cromwell heel were both introduced during this time. With the s bringing two devastating world wars, many countries set wartime regulations for rationing almost all aspects of life. This included materials previously used for making heels, such as silk, rubber, or leather; these began to be replaced with cork and wooden soles.
Alternatively, World War II led to the popularization of pin-up girl posters, which men would often hang in their bunks while at war.
Almost all of these girls were pictured wearing high heels, leading to an increase in the relationship between high heels and female sexuality. The intricate and complex history of high heels has led to a variety of cultural thoughts and lens through which people view them today. Firstly, it is very exclusively gendered in the sense that few men wear high heels in present times. Paul Morris, a psychology researcher at the University of Portsmouth , argues that high heels accentuate "sex specific aspects of female gait", artificially increasing a woman's femininity.
Finally, 20th and 21st century cultural values have dictated that high heels are the norm in professional settings for a woman. Some researchers argue that high heels have even become part of the female workplace uniform, and operate in a much larger and complex set of display rules. High heels have been made from all kinds of materials throughout history.
In the early years, leather and cowhide was preferred. As civilizations progressed, silk and patent leather were introduced, while cork and wood were utilized as cheap resources in times of war. This has enabled designers to make heels taller and skinnier without them snapping. A systmatic review of found the wearing of high-heeled shoes to be associated with hallux valgus , musculoskeletal pain and first-party injury. Research has shown correlation between the height of a heel and the amount of injury that results.
Specifically, high heels can affect the amount of tension present in the paraspinal muscles, or muscles running up the back along the spine. Some more specific instances of the numerous negative side effects of wearing heels include ankle sprains , back and leg pain, shortening of the Achilles tendon , and loss of joint mobility in the wearer's knees.
In particular, shoes with only a small space for the toes, can sometimes squeeze tightly enough to cause foot deformity. Additionally, heels may affect how the wearer walks by slowing and shortening their normal stride.
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