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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A Short History of Heels: Why Flats are the Footwear of the Proletariat

Louis XIV- Hyacinthe Rigaud 1701 - and shoes

Louis XIV and his royal red heels

It’s true.  Flats are the footwear of the bourgeois and the proletariat.  And I’m not just saying that because they’re far more comfortable to wear at work than heels.  Indeed, I used to think of my favorite flats as a personal fashion bargain.  I would think to myself, “I’m trading a little bit of fashion fierceness for a whole lotta comfort.”  Never one to kill herself for fashion, I saw my flats as a sign of my own laid-back approach to life. My, how my approach to flats has changed since I learned about the history of heels.

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