Women's High Heels High heels have been around for a very long time. When people think of a high heeled shoe, they equate it with women's fashions, which is true, but what most people don't know is that the high heel was first worn by men. A high heel worn in the sixteenth century is still on display today, known as the chopine. Those early and sometimes rocky starts for the primitive high heel have evolved to today's high fashion heels which come in many styles, shapes and heights. The trends and demands of today's women have helped fashion designers create even higher heels than ever seen in history.