Saturday, September 6, 2014
alliartist:

rifa:

prokopetz:

nebcondist1:

prokopetz:

I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.
High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:

… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):

… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:

In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.

so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?

A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.
But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.

FASHION HISTORY IS HUMAN HISTORY OK

Thank you, history side of tumblr. That “stay out of blood” thing has been driving me mad.

probably grossly OT at this point but i think the original OP was maybe getting pattens (or clogs or medieval galoshes) mixed up with heels. 
pattens were the old form of gaiter and snow tread, massive heels & platforms to protect people’s shoes from the day to day slop and piss that permeated the average day. 
they ranged from sweet and subtle

to functional

to frankly fucking mental

pattens also get a round of applause for parenting chopines

bless you, lady gaga of the 15th century. bless you. 

alliartist:

rifa:

prokopetz:

nebcondist1:

prokopetz:

I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.

High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:

… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):

… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:

In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.

so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?

A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.

But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.

FASHION HISTORY IS HUMAN HISTORY OK

Thank you, history side of tumblr. That “stay out of blood” thing has been driving me mad.

probably grossly OT at this point but i think the original OP was maybe getting pattens (or clogs or medieval galoshes) mixed up with heels. 

pattens were the old form of gaiter and snow tread, massive heels & platforms to protect people’s shoes from the day to day slop and piss that permeated the average day. 

they ranged from sweet and subtle

to functional

to frankly fucking mental

pattens also get a round of applause for parenting chopines

bless you, lady gaga of the 15th century. bless you. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

i’m ready to burn people over the Great British Bake Off

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

v-e-l-v-e-t-g-o-l-d-m-i-n-e:

"I know that we have grown apart and that’s as it should be. We learn what we can from certain people, then we move on after we’ve taken what we need. When we learn nothing new about ourselves in a relationship that’s when the relationship is over. Or it’s over the moment when we’re afraid to learn something new about ourselves."

Garak/Bashir + Quotes

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Great British Bake Off Bread

(Source: cranesofibycus)

Thursday, August 21, 2014
jossujb:

These three paintings I’ve done lately are small enough to fit a standard envelope, which means I can ship them in with low costs.
If you are interested in buying an original and unique jossujb painting this is an wonderful opportunity get one in low low price of 15 euros. Payment via Paypal (for Finnish buyers bank transfer will be alright too).
Contact me trough inbox or emailing at blues.elwood@hotmail.com if this spiked you interest, tell me which one you’re interested and contact back. Fast will eat slow, these are one of a kind.

jossujb:

These three paintings I’ve done lately are small enough to fit a standard envelope, which means I can ship them in with low costs.

If you are interested in buying an original and unique jossujb painting this is an wonderful opportunity get one in low low price of 15 euros. Payment via Paypal (for Finnish buyers bank transfer will be alright too).

Contact me trough inbox or emailing at blues.elwood@hotmail.com if this spiked you interest, tell me which one you’re interested and contact back. Fast will eat slow, these are one of a kind.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

tiger-in-the-flightdeck:

Friendly reminder that Jeremy Brett played Dracula

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and was fucking beautiful

(x)

Got a little motto
Always sees me through
When you’re good to Mama
Mama’s good to you.

(Source: bellecs)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

soundsinsuccession:

Munny Right//Jon Bellion

"19, I’m feeling scared as shit
I just got fired from my boss
'Cause all my bills have yet been paid
I’m out my mind”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
wetrilo:

well, i am groot

wetrilo:

well, i am groot

Monday, August 4, 2014

radtracks:

maps // yeah yeah yeahs

wait, they don’t love you like i love you

Friday, August 1, 2014

Andrew Wyeth - Wind from the Sea (1947)

(Source: likeafieldmouse)

Thursday, July 31, 2014