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Shoes, 1845-60 France (probably), the Met Museum
A rare example of extant day shoes from this era

Shoes, 1845-60 France (probably), the Met Museum

A rare example of extant day shoes from this era

Boots, 1795-1810 Europe, the Met Museum
Boots like these existed, but extant examples of them are few and far between.

Boots, 1795-1810 Europe, the Met Museum

Boots like these existed, but extant examples of them are few and far between.

Chopines, 1590-1610 Italy, the Met Museum

The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice from the 15th to the early 17th centuries. While most examples are between three and five inches tall, some specimens of over a foot tall survive. Historical accounts testify to the necessity of the assistance of a pair of ladies maids to walk in the more extreme examples. As can be appreciated from the elaborate and fragile materials, the purpose of the chopine was as much to elevate the lady’s sartorial reputation as to elevate her skirt from the dirt of the streets and to increase her physical prominence. While this single chopine is very typical of the form in design and decoration, the blue color is less commonly seen than red or green. An additional feature of note also found on many other surviving examples is the leather sock lining with incised pattern of concentric squares.

Chopines, 1590-1610 Italy, the Met Museum

The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice from the 15th to the early 17th centuries. While most examples are between three and five inches tall, some specimens of over a foot tall survive. Historical accounts testify to the necessity of the assistance of a pair of ladies maids to walk in the more extreme examples. As can be appreciated from the elaborate and fragile materials, the purpose of the chopine was as much to elevate the lady’s sartorial reputation as to elevate her skirt from the dirt of the streets and to increase her physical prominence. While this single chopine is very typical of the form in design and decoration, the blue color is less commonly seen than red or green. An additional feature of note also found on many other surviving examples is the leather sock lining with incised pattern of concentric squares.

Slippers, 1675-1710 Europe, the Met Museum
Posting for the crazy heels

Slippers, 1675-1710 Europe, the Met Museum

Posting for the crazy heels

Shoes by Manolo Blahnik, 2005 UK, the Met Museum

Shoes by Manolo Blahnik, 2005 UK, the Met Museum

Boots, 1880’s Naples, the Met Museum
Shoes by Hellstern & Sons, 1870’s Paris, the Met Museum
These must have been part of a fancy dress ensemble

Shoes by Hellstern & Sons, 1870’s Paris, the Met Museum

These must have been part of a fancy dress ensemble

Shoes, 1930’s US, Shoe-Icons
Shoes, 1920’s, Shoe-Icons
Boots, 1910’s France, Musée International de la Chaussure

Boots, 1910’s France, Musée International de la Chaussure

Fetish boots, 1900’s, Musée International de la Chaussure

Fetish boots, 1900’s, Musée International de la Chaussure

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