Historic High Heels for Men

Manly high heels date back centuries, worn by horsemen as well as powerful rulers.

In the Near East, high-heeled shoes were used by soldiers on horseback, helping them hold position when they shot their bows.  Persian diplomats brought the trend to European courts, giving men a "virile, masculine edge".

"As the wearing of heels filtered into the lower ranks of society, the aristocracy responded by dramatically increasing the height of their shoes - and the high heel was born."  (photos)