Thursday, July 07, 2022

High Heels

I saw someone on television wearing four inch high heels (at least), and one thing led to another, and here we are. 

I can't imagine anything dumber than the emergence of high heels as some kind of fashion statement. I know, there are a LOT of dumb fashion statements, but high heels seem like the worst. 

From Wikipedia:
Platformed footwear have a long history dating as far back as ancient Egypt, though it is unknown when the platforms made their first appearance. In ancient Egypt, wearing very thick soled sandals was an indication of upper class status.

Pretty pedestrian (groan at your leisure). Then it gets much more interesting: Butchers in ancient Egypt also elevated themselves by platformed sandals to keep blood away from their feet.

Even better: During the Medieval period in Europe, both men and women wore platform shoes (the women's variant being known as chopines) to raise themselves out of the trash and excrement filled streets. Can they make an equivalent for politics?

Leave it to us, though, to come through with the big banger: A 17th-century law in Massachusetts announced that women would be subjected to the same treatment as witches if they lured men into marriage via the use of high-heeled shoes.

I only made it to 1700 and that's enough to give me nightmares for months. 

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