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Manchu women were not allowed to bind their feet. This was during the 16th to the 18th century

ornamentedbeing: “ 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.

Mostly Italian women and Venetian courtesans wore these around 1600. These particular ones were made with velvet, metal studs, and silver braids.

'Chopine' the original platform shoe in Venetian cut-velvet silk with gilt-metal lace trim and linen lining; plus silk satin ribbon, metallic woven trim, metal nails, wood and leather.

"As spoken" by natspolyy on Polyvore featuring Brandy Melville, Polish Pottery, Alkemie and Topshop

"As spoken" by natspolyy on Polyvore featuring Brandy Melville, Polish Pottery, Alkemie and Topshop