DID YOU KNOW…
- Heels were added to shoes in the Middle East so the feet didn’t touch the burning sand from the heat.
- Pointed toes were all the rage in Europe between the 11th and 15th Century.
- During 16th and 17th Century Europe, heels of shoes were always red. (Maybe that’s where Leboutin gets it from?)
- Women’s and men’s shoes in Europe were identical until the 18th Century. The first pair of ladies’ boots were designed in 1840 for Her Majesty, Queen Victoria.
- Upper class wore six-inch heels to symbolize their aristocratic status in European circles. However, they needed two servants to hold them up as they walked around.
- Heels on boots were developed to help secure feet in the stirrups of horses when riding.
- Open-toed shoes were only invented in the 1930s to match bathing suits.