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Italian Chopines, c. 1550–1650

Shoes (Chopines) Italy Silk, metal “The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice to elevate the lady above both the dirt and the hoi polloi of the street. While relatively few shoes survive from the period of the to

Pair of sandals Italian, 1580–1680 White silk embroidered on vamps, quarters and soles with silver and gilt-silver yarns with polychrome silk details; silver binding; Baroque vegetative motifs. Open toes and sides. Latchets on quarters with metallic yarn button closures. White silk linings. Stiffened with cardboard. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Color picture - sandals 1580 - Italian: White silk embroidered on vamps, quarters and soles with silver and gilt-silver yarns with polychrome silk details;

A rare Venetian lady's leather shoe, circa 1570 (MFA Boston)

Woman's or girl's shoe Italian (Probably Venetian), Italy (probably Venice) Dimensions 7 x x cm x 3 x 8 in.) Medium or Technique Tooled leather, leather, fiber and wood Classification Costumes Accession Number

late 16th century Chopine. Chopines were usually worn as overshoes to protect the shoes and dress from mud. The height of the chopine became a symbolic reference to the cultural and social standing of the wearer; the higher the chopine, the higher the status of the wearer

'Chopine' (stamped leather trimmed with silk braid over wooden platform) early century, Italian (Venice).

1690-1720, probably Italy - Pair of women's buckle shoes - Silk velvet, embroidered with metallic yarns, trimmed with metallic fringe,silk ribbon, leather sole and wood heel

probably Italy - Pair of women's buckle shoes - Silk velvet, embroidered with metallic yarns, trimmed with metallic fringe,silk ribbon, leather sole and wood heel.

Courtesans of both sexes wore shoes — dubbed "chopines" — with a high wooden or cork heel to keep their garments out of the mud or dirt. Beyond their practical purpose, the heel's height also indicated the social status of the wearer, with some styles rising to about 30 inches and requiring special assistance in order to walk in them.  - GoodHousekeeping.com

The Long (and Fascinating!) History of High Heels

Italian courtesans wore insane chopines, adopted from the heels worn by aristocratic men. Photo: Getty Images At a restaurant a few weeks ago, I heard a woman remark that.

The V&A highlights the story of shoes - 200 extravagant pairs are on show, on the theme Shoes: no pain, no gain. >> More info: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/shoes-pleasure-and-pain/

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016

Top: An extremely tall Venetian chopine made from wood covered in white leather with minimal ornamentation. Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum. Above: A closer view of wooden Venetian chopines covered in leather, circa 1740s. Via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Top: An extremely tall Venetian chopine made from wood covered in white leather with minimal ornamentation. Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum. Above: A closer view of wooden Venetian chopines covered in leather, circa Via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Woman’s platform shoes (or chopines) Italian (Venice), 1590–1610 Tooled leather over wood, with metallic braid and silk tassels

Pair of women's platform shoes (chopines) Italian (Venetian), Venice, Italy Dimensions x x 24 cm x 6 x 9 in.) Medium or Technique Tooled leather over wood, with metallic braid and silk tassels Classification Costumes Accession Number

Woman's Shoes, about 1746, Hand-stitched and embroidered silk and metallic threads on silk and linen, leather, and wood

Woman's Shoes, about Hand-stitched and embroidered silk and metallic threads on silk and linen, leather, and wood

Lesson 1: Late 16th C. Venetian Chopines (Cork) - Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction

Venetian Chopines (Cork) - Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction

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