Men wore high heels to ride horses up until 1740. It was thought that the heels helped them to ride better.
For generations high heels have signified femininity and glamour - but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.
"The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear," says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.
Good horsemanship was essential to the fighting styles of Persia. When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively.
Since high heels were seen as foolish and effeminate, men had stopped wearing them altogether in 1740.