Men in Heels: A History in Photographs

Photo by: Bata Shoe Museum
These shoes aren’t made for walking
Believe it or not, heels were actually designed in 16th century Persia for horseback riding in battle.... more 
Photo by: Bata Shoe Museum
These shoes aren’t made for walking
Believe it or not, heels were actually designed in 16th century Persia for horseback riding in battle. less 
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Tue, Jan 29, 2013 4:32 PM EST
Though painful high heels seem like a women's burden, along with menstruation and childbirth, men actually invented these torture devices. With research from The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, here's a history of men in heels, from King Louis XIV to Tom Cruise.



--Jessica Ferri