Posted on: May 3, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

This original article was first published here: High Heels – Why Did Men Wear Shoes With Heels?

Hello, darlings! Gracie Opulanza here, your guide to all things opulent and luxurious in fashion. Today, let’s stride into a topic that’s as tall as the heels we’re discussing—men rocking high heels. That’s right, boys in bold pumps are not just a runway anomaly but a fascinating fusion of fashion and history, seasoned with a dash of rebellion.

From Battlefields to Runways: A Historical Catwalk

Believe it or not, high heels didn’t start in the glamorous wardrobes of Hollywood divas but rather in the dusty war zones of the 10th century. Persian soldiers were the original trendsetters, elevating their stature to stabilize themselves while shooting arrows on horseback. Imagine that—heels as combat gear! This masculine origin of high heels paints a starkly different picture from the delicate accessory associated with femininity today.

As we sashay through time to the 17th century, heels had become a symbol of high social status and military prowess among European aristocrats. Picture King Louis XIV, not just as a monarch, but as a style icon who legislated that only nobility could don high heels—talk about exclusive fashion! His heels weren’t just high; they were statements painted in bold red to broadcast power and privilege. Step aside, Christian Louboutin, the Sun King did it first!

Why Men Ditched the Heel

Fast forward to the 18th century, when practicality began to overshadow opulence in men’s fashion—a movement known as the Great Male Renunciation. Men traded their flamboyant heels for more sober, practical footwear. It wasn’t just a change in fashion but a shift in societal values, prioritizing rationality over extravagance.

The Stiletto Revival: Men Are Reclaiming Heels

Now, let’s strut back to the present. Why are we seeing a revival of men in heels? It’s not just about fashion making a full circle; it’s about challenging norms and embracing versatility in masculine expression. At star-studded events like the Met Gala, men teetering in stilettos are making bold statements against gender conformity.

Luxury fashion, much to the dismay of purists, is blurring the lines between ‘his’ and ‘hers’. Men are reclaiming the heel, not to tower physically over others, but to elevate the conversation around gender fluidity in fashion. It’s a cheeky nod to the past with a fiercely modern twist.

Walking a Mile in Her Shoes—Literally

There’s a humorous side to this, of course. Watching men navigate the cobblestones of fashion in heels could be seen as a comedic act. Yet, it’s also a powerful metaphor for empathy and understanding—walking a mile in her shoes, quite literally. It challenges men to experience the world from a different perspective, even if it’s just at shin height.


So, What’s the Point?

Is it all for a laugh? Perhaps sometimes. But it’s also a sign of men becoming more in touch with their style and breaking free from the mold. Fashion is, after all, a playground for the bold. And in this modern era, why shouldn’t men reclaim a piece of their own history?

As I watch this trend from the front rows of fashion weeks, decked in my own fabulous heels, I can’t help but applaud the courage. It takes guts to defy norms and express oneself with such visible, striking choices.

So, gentlemen, if you feel the urge to slip into a pair of high heels, remember it’s not just a statement of fashion but a step back into your history. You’re not just wearing a shoe; you’re wearing a story, a legacy of power, rebellion, and now, inclusivity.

Laugh if you will, but also think—heels are more than just an accessory; they’re an artifact of change. So go ahead, elevate your style and perhaps, just perhaps, your perspective too.

Stay fabulous, Gracie

1970,s ACDC band wearing platforms.

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