26 June 2009
Did you know red heels were first introduced by Louis XIV to the French Court to confirm that the wearer was of noble birth and hence qualified to be presented? During the eighteenth century, the fashion spread throughout Europe and donning vrai talons rouges became a symbol of one's superior rank.
Today, ponying up the $500+ for a pair by Mr. Louboutin is its own badge of status - hopefully not one of credit card debt!
Top: portrait of William "the Miser" Jennens by Charles Jervais, circa 1710