“You need to wear heels with that outfit.”
Why distort your feet? Why walk around on stilts if you’re not a circus gymnast? Who invented these torture devices? Cave men? So women couldn’t run away from them?
This bad idea, like so many others, started with the aristocracy. Aristocrats would be unmasked as regular people if they were butt naked, so they have always sought visible markers of their wonderfulness, usually in the form of funny hats.
In the 1600s some aristocrats started wearing heels, because no one could be a common laborer in that silly footwear. Following Bourdieu’s Theory of Class Distinction, lesser men began imitating their superiors and women said, “Oh, yeah? I can play this game,” at which point aristocrats abandoned the vulgar practice and went looking for funnier hats.
If not for early pornographers the stilt-heel phenomenon would have gone the way of the dodo bird. The video below is about men trying to wear high heels for the first time. Go ahead, click “play” you need a good laugh today.