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1700-1990 The History of Footwear
How has modern footwear changed from ancient footwear? Back in the 16th/17th century, women wore incredibly different heels than they do today--namely the "chopine," a type of extreme platform heel. Some forms of chopines were over 20 inches tall!


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What do you all think of footwear from the past? Do you find them extreme or beautiful? Both?

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Those I find rather ugle, but since 1600 there has been produced LOVELY footwear. As you can see in my vintage thread I am obsessed with historical shoes. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to get usable shoes from before the late 19th century.

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Uh, how is that supposed to be worn?

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^Very carefully.

Of course, having someone to hold your hand(s) as you walk probably wouldn't hurt, either.

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With the chopines- women had someone walk around with them to help them stay up.

I think perhaps shoes that limit movement have always been a status symbol?
Or a sex symbol?

seanutbutter, as you were saying historians have dificulty determining whether the women who wore chopines were royalty, cortesans or both. I think the same could apply today with stilettos.

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I think there is a lot of women's footwear in history that oppresses women. A classic example of this in Asia are Chinese shoes that entailed binding women's feet so they could not walk at all.

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Horrifying what foot binding does to feet! It has been outlawed in China.

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Here is a very good article on the history of foot binding: http://www.ccds.charlotte.nc.us/Hist...s/hutchins.htm

Turkish chopines

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Clockwise from the top: Turkish slipper from Iran, c. 1867; Syrian bathhouse sandals, c. 1900; Syrian child¹s shoes, c. 1900; decorated wooden shoe from Spain, c. 1842; sandals from Bosnia, c. 1900; wooden sabots from France, c. 1918; and red velvet slippers with gold embroidery from Syria, c. 1900. (Photo by Hillel Burger)

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Another style of chabots

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A modern chopine - a 'must post' on ugliest shoes thread!

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i think those high shoes were worn because they didnt have sewer system, so all the toilet nastiness was poured down the street, as all the trash aswell, so if you wanted to avoid walking in that **** you had to wear high platforms. And of course, only privileged ones could afford them

That is smth I remember reading, I might be wrong though

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^I think you're right, actually--I read somewhere that they wear these platforms in order to protect their extravagant gowns

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Thanks for posting all of those pictures, SomethingElse! Foot binding is a fascinating, albeit cruel, form of footwear.

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Footbinding makes the feet look horrible though.
I'd rather see delicate feet than those that are disfigured.
My 0.02c.

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^I wasn't trying to say that footbinding makes the feet look good, I was intending that the story behind footbinding is quite fascinating

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Kind of an awful thought, but oh my goodness, what lots of shoe styles do to people's feet today in a kind of sacrifice to fashion. Especially women's shoes.


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^I wasn't trying to say that footbinding makes the feet look good, I was intending that the story behind footbinding is quite fascinating
Hmmm, agreed, it is quite intriguing.
I too would like to know the charm and elegance of footbinding.

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its funny, in some previous centuries it was beautiful to wear super tight corsets, that pushed your organs down, to bind feet, and now people actually starve to look skinny.... scary what fashion does


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Who knows, lycra might become the new cotton.
Getting back to footwear though, the second last pair on post #6 are horrendous.
I could only imagine someone wearing them as a part of a costume in a play, possibly as a Irish leprechaun.

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