These Men Wear Tights, Heels, AND Jewelry

Little known fact (though, it’s easily accessed via Google and you can check it out in our previous blog) but men wore jewelry and heels well before women did. The first men to wear heels were Mongolian horsemen as a means to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrup (explains cowboy boots now!). In towns that had dirt roads and horse-drawn carriages, the streets were unclean so men and women alike would wear heels to avoid dirt and poop.

Looking hot there, stud.

Hey there King Louis XIV.

Romans, in particular, had streets full of mud and garbage so they donned platform heels. Egyptian butchers wore high heels, to avoid stepping in offal (fancy word for internal organs and entrails of animals). King Henry II wore narrow pointed toes; many say it was to hide his deformed toes. Today, celebrities such as the singer formerly known as Prince, Elton John, and Mötley Crüe wear/wore heels more recently as a fashion statement.

In society, in the past and now, jewelry, gemstones, precious metals make you stand out. They glitter under the sun, impossible not to notice. The fancier you dress, the more people respect you. E.g. a man wearing a suit to an event will be spoken to more kindly than somebody dressed casually. Jewelry was a non-verbalize status and class, whether or not you were royalty or rich. It would have been awkward to walk around announcing your title and position.

My point simply is there were reasonable justifications for men wearing heels as well as wearing jewelry. It showed (it still does) status, grants a high stature (literally and figuratively) and I’m not altogether sure why heels and jewelry became a feminine trend. While jewelry may not be for everyone, and walking in heels is damn hard, jewelry has never gone out of style.

There are a few types of rings that jewelry makers designed to be more appealing for men (but women wear them too), let me break them down for you.

Spinner rings – These are by far my favorite type of men’s rings. They’re a blast to play with, while you’re sitting there waiting, bored, or just hanging out. It’s a better habit then chewing your nails, twiddling your thumbs (who still does this?), chewing your lip, doing dip, smoking, whatever may have you. I personally have a friend who purchased spinner rings to help combat her need to smoke and she hasn’t smoked for about a year now.

A spinner ring typically has two stationary sides; and a middle part the rolls/spins around the base. It can be composed on one singular metal, or a few different types. If you’re particularly religious you can check out our cross spinner ring clicking the words ‘spinner ring’ above.

spinner ring

Signet rings – Think in terms of how things like envelopes used to be sealed; typically with wax, via an insigma carved into a piece of metal or wood. These rings are a lot like that, and signet rings come in oval shapes, triangles, and shield shapes. They can be inscribed with text, or a shape. Masonic rings are a common type of signet ring.

signet ring

Rolling rings – Come in a series of two-three rings that are intertwined. There an interesting piece of jewelry, sometimes lined with diamonds and used as wedding bands.

rolling ring

Affiliation rings – Think Masonic, military, or scholarly like high school or college. These are typically a type of signet ring, but we’re giving it a separate category because these are probably the most common type of ring that men wear. Don’t forget sports jewelry, especially NASCAR.

affiliation ring

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