Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins
73. The word origin today is ” high heels. ” Okay. Well, let’s take a look at the note here.
The origin of high heels goes all the way back to the 15th century in Persia.
Now remember of course Persia that was the old name for Iran. So that is what
is Iran today. So high heels actually originally comes from what is today Iran.
All right. Let’s continue. Ironically not only were they made for men, but the
original ones were made for soldiers. Okay to help them to secure their feet
in stirrups. Okay. Remember stirrups are the metal objects
that support each foot while riding a horse. So you’ve probably seen that with
cowboys. They put their boots. They put the foot right into the stirrup, so that
you know that gives them more support. The high heels and the stirrups helped the
soldiers to be able to stand while shooting arrows. You know, on the horses
and provided more secure balance. So that’s it. It was really for war. So high
heels were you know, made originally for soldiers and it was more to help them,
you know, in their fighting ability for for war. Actually mmm ironically. All right.
Let’s continue. Later Persian migrants you know, people that moved from Persia
brought this type of shoe trend to Europe. At this time
Europe’s … European royalty and nobility picked up on this simply to appear
taller, especially since many of them at least were not all naturally this way.
More height could give them a feeling of being stronger or more powerful or more
superiority. Remember I don’t know if you’re if you’re a king or royalty and
you’re really tiny in the peasants you know, standing a foot over you, I guess it
might be a little intimidating. They liked the idea of being taller. So any support
they can get in that way. So that’s how it took off. So
really it took off again for men first. And eventually this led to women getting
high heels and of course you know, we know nowadays that high heels are mostly
used for women. Okay. All right. Good . And we just really have one example here. She
likes to wear stiletto heels. Remember the stiletto, they’re the ones with the
really high pointy ones. The ones that sometimes in these horror movies could
almost be used as a weapon. You could take that stiletto heel and practically
stab somebody with it. Okay. Anyway I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. I hope it
was informative. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.