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The first high heel wearers are believed to have been Persian horseback warriors sometime around the ninth century. The extended heel was reportedly developed specifically for riding, to keep the rider’s foot from slipping out of the stirrups. It also helped to hold the rider steady when standing up in the stirrups and shooting arrows.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21151350
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21151350
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/02/05/from-manly-to-sexy-the-history-of-the-high-heel/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-heeled_footwear
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/sex-power-and-high-heels-an-interview-with-shoe-curator-elizabeth-semmelhack/
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/well-heeled.html
http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Persianhorseman_from_Modern_History_or,_the_Present_State_of_all_Nations_by_Thomas_Salmon.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:18th_century_shoes_mules.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imelda_Marcos#/media/File:Imelda_Marcos_(1984).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louis_XIV_by_Juste_d%27Egmont.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rigaud_Hyacinthe_-_Louis_XIV,_roi_de_France.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rigaud_Louis_XIV_1701.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louis_XIV_of_France.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woman%27s_embroidered_boots_1885.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AN205-French-postcard.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JA52-French-postcard.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louis_XIV,_King_of_France,_after_Lefebvre_-_Les_collections_du_ch%C3%A2teau_de_Versailles.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_I_of_Castile#/media/File:Isabel_la_Cat%C3%B3lica-2.jpg
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-194892928/stock-photo-side-view-of-black-high-heel-shoes-with-open-toe-cross-strap-platform-sandals-with-brown-chunky-block-heel%2C-ankle-strap-fastens-with-metal-buckle-isolated-on-white

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