Always the pet favourite of the girls out there, the high heel can be a defining element in a lady’s wardrobe. But how much do we know about how they came about?
Heels have existed a lot longer then many of us would have guessed; evidence of their existence goes back as far as Egyptian times-the upper classes would wore them as they were made in such way as to appear to look like the ‘Ankh’ the symbol of life. There is also evidence of them dating from the Roman and Greek Era, showing that they were fairly widespread early on in history. when the Duke or Orleans married Catherine of the Medici family in 1533 and Catherine wore heels at the time, starting a fashion trend (although heels were not properly developed until around the 1580s or so) Mary Tudor wore heels as much as possible as she was a rather short woman!
Louis the 14th wore heels that were specially made for him. (the most famous man to wear them, probably, although they have been worn a fair amount by men since-platform shoes in the 1970’s for example) However, when the French Revolution came about and high heels were a sign of belonging to the now-despised upper class they began to fall out of favour in France in particular (and also a bit in other countries as well at the time) Although they did get more popular from the 1860’s onwards.
In modern society, heels started to become well-considered around the time of Ginger Rogers who popularised them greatly, although due to the onset of World War 2 heels tended to saty high and thick because of rationing and shortages. After the war, heels became far more popular and Roger Vivier/Christian Dior did a lot to make them available by creating the first stiletto in 1953. Femisnism made stilletos less popular and platforms more so, but this changed when feminism lost its momentum somewhat in the 1980’s.
With the onset of the power, money and ‘yuppie’ mindset in the 1980’s, heels came back in again-they were often seen as a sign of success and dynamism. Since this revival, there are countless varieties of heels for the modern lady to choose from.
So there we have it-they’ve been around longer than we think! If you’re in the mood to have a look at some lovely footwear for your feet then Large Size Ladies Shoes from KLS are a great choice.

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