The History of Heels

A sign of status and power or simply a style of shoe, the heel has a history that is varied, functional, and now part of mainstream fashion. But where did these elevated kicks get their beginnings? For a little history and fun trivia, learn about the origins of this much loved shoe style.

Ancient History

The very first elevated shoes date back to BCE times! Egyptians have documented a wedge heel that was specifically used for the upper class and special occasions. There were also heels used for Roman actors who needed to be elevated on stage.

Royal Influence

Though most times heels started as a practical way for the royals to gain height for special occasions or to enhance their status, there are a few royals who took this shoe from practical to mainstream fashion. From the 1500s-1700s Catherine De Medici, King Louis XIV, and Madam De Pompador popularized the heel and made them symbols of fashion to emulate.

Shoe Ban

During the 18th century Napoleon put a ban on elevated shoes to bring equality. Higher heels were strictly status symbols, so therefore abolished for a time.

Heels as we Know them

In the Early 1900s these shoes became predominately for women and were available in shoe stores in a variety of sizes and widths. During the 20s the strapped Mary Janes were very popular in style, shifting to a moderate style during the wars of the 30s and 40s.

The 50s brought back European styles with thin and tall heels, given the shoe the most feminine look yet. The 60s-90s introduce stilettos, Gogo boots, and the rise of platforms.

You can see an array of styles and sizes at The Loft in Ames Iowa! Stop in to view our collection and get amazing deals on high quality, name brand heels and more.

Source for Heel time line

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