They used to. Here is a brief history of high heels.
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One of the many reasons why I am glad that I am man- I don't have to wear high heels. Everyday, millions of women wear shoes that significantly raise their heels above their toes, despite the fact that the shoes are very uncomfortable and can cause chronic foot damage.
High heels can put a women's pelvis out of alignment. They can cause ingrown toe nails, compression of the spine, stress fractures, athlete's foot, and calluses. They can increase wear and tear in the joints and soft tissue, eventually causing arthritis. Wearing high heels actually shrinks the Achilles tendon, which causes great pain when you switch to flats. High heels are not practical- they get stuck in things. Have you ever tried hiking or driving in high heels? I know I haven't.
Women hate wearing high heels. A survey by the College of Podiatry found that 1 in 4 women found the pain of wearing high heels so great that they danced barefoot at a bar or club. In case you have never been to a bar or club, know that the average floor of a bar or club is cleaned about once a year and often caked with sticky remnants of adult beverages, spit, urine, vomit, and who knows what else.
Yet, women can't help but wear high heels, especially young women. In fact, the younger the woman, the higher their heels tend to be.
But why? Why on earth do women put themselves through such agony? And how long has this been going on? Perhaps a more important question is: Why did men stop wearing high heels?
That's right. The first high heels were worn by men, in the 9th century. Persian horse riders wore high heels to help hold their feet in stirrups.
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