Those Mixed Feelings…

Mirrors & High-Heeled Shoes

A Lady’s Best Friend

And Yet…

Worst Enemy

Clouds N Cups

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People probably first started to look at their reflections in pools of water which were the first mirrors. The earliest man made mirrors were from polished stone and black volcanic glass obsidian. Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC.

Mirrors of any precious metal were hard to produce and were only owned by the wealthy. The invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. This silvering process was adapted for mass manufacturing and led to the greater availability of affordable mirrors.

The concepts of the soul are often associated with mirrors, which results in a wealth of superstition surrounding mind like breaking a mirror causes seven years of bad luck.

As according to an old Roman legend, the soul which shatters with the broken mirror will regenerate every seven years.

Information extracted from : Wikipedia – Mirror

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Although high heels are now usually worn only by girls and women, there are shoe designs worn by both genders that have elevated heels and for purposes more than just fashion.

The high-heeled shoe was used in the 16th century by Persian soldiers on horseback because it gave the soldiers stability in the stirrups so they could use their bow and arrows more efficiently.

Dating back to 3500 B.C., early depictions of high heels could be seen on ancient Egyptian murals. These murals would depict Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to set them apart from the lower class, who would normally go barefoot.

High heels also served a practical purpose for Egyptian butchers who wore them in order to walk over the bloodied bodies of animal carcasses.

The invention of high heels as a fashion statement (in 1533) could be accredited to the rather petite Catherine de Medici who felt insecure in comparison to the Duke’s favorite mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who was relatively tall.

Knowing that she would have to compete with his mistress for attention in an arrange marriage, the future French Queen remedied this by donning two inches heels that gave her a higher physique and a captivating sway when she moved. These heels became a success and soon became associated with wealth and privilege.

Since the Second World War, high heels have fallen in and out of popular fashion trend several times, most notably in the late 1990s, when lower heels and even flats predominated. Lower heels were preferred during the late 1960s and early 1970s as well, but higher heels returned in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In modern society, high-heeled shoes are a part of women’s fashion. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed some 42% of women admitted that they would wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort.

Information extracted from:

Wikipedia – High-Heeled Footwear and Origins of High Heels

afterthoughts

As I was looking for some enlightening quotes related to mirrors and heels to share with you lovely souls, I’ve found an interesting one instead:

When a woman buys shoes,

She takes them out of the box and looks at herself in the mirror.

But she isn’t really looking at her shoes – she’s looking at herself.

If she likes herself, then she likes the shoes.

Christian Louboutin

No matter how beautiful an accessory could be, what matters most is to feel good about ourselves at all times.

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

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9 comments

  1. Very interesting post. I like the quote at the end. I’ll have to pay attention the next time I look in the mirror. I think if I feel good in something, then I think I look good.

  2. Very interesting story. I have to say that there was a time when I wore heels and endured every sort of discomfort. But with age came great wisdom (?) and I have now decided that if my feet hurt I don’t feel good. So comfort wins out. I

    1. Thank you so much for reading this post and sharing your experience with us in this sweet comment. You are absolutely right, at times if we want to enjoy a good day outside, comfort is definitely on the top of the list if feeling good.

      Have a great day ahead, my friend! Cheers! ☺

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