High heels have been around for as long as we can remember but how many of us have stopped to think about where did they come from? We bet none of us has considered the fact that high heels also come with a long history and facts attached to them.

Here are 5 facts that will surprise you about the history of high heels.

1. To Avoid Garbage 

High heels were not always a fashion statement instead they were a tool to stay clear of filthy roads and garbage. Throughout the medieval period in Europe, the streets were often filled with trash and waste, high heels helped them rise above the garbage, keeping their clothes and the tops of their shoes clean while walking through town.

2. Heels Synonymous With Pain

While the majority of us have been through the dreaded phase of getting hurt by our favorite pair of heels. However, not all women want to go through the pain. In ancient times, women would undergo surgery to shorten their pinky toes and deaden nerves to wear high heels without pain.

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3. High Heel Trippin’ 

While most of us have tripped in our favorite pair of heels at least once, another fun fact about people who wear high heels is that they tend to fall more often, even if they aren’t wearing high heels at the time.

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4. Stilettos Are Knifes 

Three designers, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier, and André Perugia, have each been credited with inventing the stiletto heel in the early 1950s. The addition of a slim metal spike that traveled up from the heel to the shoe, was named after the Italian knife that gangsters were known to carry.

5. World War 2 Reintroduced Heels

Most young American women started wearing high heels either near the war or soon after. They became standard attire for going out for a night on the town. Women also learned how to dance in them. As the saying goes, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backward and in high heels.”

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