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Cultural history of high heels

High-heels were significant riding footwear of the medieval Persian cavalry as shoe heels stabilized the posture of bowmen emerging from the saddle, thus helping them to target more precisely.

Queen Elizabeth I is the earliest known European monarch to wear high-heeled shoes. In a 1595 document listing the clothes of the queen, a pair of high-heeled Spanish leather shoes was mentioned.

High-heeled shoes were introduced in Europe during the turn of the 16th century by envoys of the Persian ruler Abbas I, being in alliance with European monarchs against the Ottomans.

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