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THAT'S SO 1608
Mostly Italian women and Venetian courtesans wore these around 1600. These particular ones were made with velvet, metal studs, and silver braids. Sounds quite contemporary, right? They were originally only used to make the women look taller, and make prostitutes stand out of the crowd....
Pair of buckle shoes from the Joseph Box collection
This pair of buckle shoes and buckle come from an important collection of footwear and shoemaking objects thought to have been initiated by the London shoemaker, Robert Dixon Box, and consolidated by his son, Joseph Box and the Box Kingham family during the second half of the 1800s. The collection r...
Pair of Shoes | Unknown | V&A Explore The Collections
British, ca 1720. This pair of women's shoes have a thick, waisted heel & a blunt pointed toe. They have ribbon-ties & the tongue has the fashionable vandyke decoration. The brocaded silk was woven in Spitalfields, London, & dates from ca.1715 to 1720. At this time shoemakers still made 'straights'. These were identical right & left shoes, which made walking difficult. If the shoemaker placed the heel incorrectly or made the angle of the heel too sharp, the wearer's weight was thrown forward...
Bata Shoe Museum: Manchu platforms19th centuryChinaThe Bata Shoe Museum. Manchu women were forbidden by law to have their feet bound, as was the custom among Han Chinese women. In order to mimic the desirable “lotus gait” of the Han women, Manchu women added high platforms to their shoes that stilted their gait. This pair is beautifully embroidered with a peony motif.