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I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.
High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:
… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):
… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:
In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.
so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?
A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.
But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.
FASHION HISTORY IS HUMAN HISTORY OK
J2 + Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2014
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ill pay u $7 to have a crush on me
I’ll bake you cookies if you have a crush on me back
Dean + being sick of the bullshit
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#filed under: why is john winchester a terrible father #and bobby is awesome
If I had to make a list of favorite moments in SPN, this would be waaaaay near the top.
Bobby Singer is the shit.
SPN10 Countdown Challenge (12/23):
Day Twelve: Sharp Teeth
Garth finding a way to accept his new nature and
ends up being the happiest he's been in a long time.
"All right, guys, look - about six months ago, I was outside Portland, Maine, hunting this big bad wolf. I took him down, but… He bit me in the process."
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#i love sherlocks lil face so much#hes just like#ohh my god#hes so cute#he yells at chip and pin machines#i want to chip and pin him against a wall#sherlock (x)
#he literally goes ”you what??” with his eyes#and then blinks like that is the cutest most endearing thing he has ever ever ever heard#he wants to be chipped and pinned let me assure you
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when i was in year 5, i did a speech on clumsiness for my school’s public speaking contest and to be clever, i tripped on my way to the stage dropping my note cards all over the place, but then i pulled the real ones out of my pocket saying ‘if you’re going to be clumsy, it pays to be prepared!’
everyone lost their shit and i got second place
If you got second place who got first… Did they talk about fire safety and burn the stage down or something
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