Platform Shoes in History

The lady shown here is wearing "chopines", or platform shoes. Chopines were worn in the Middle Ages to keep feet and dress hems out of the dust and mud. They also came to represent class, as a taller woman was obviously of a "higher" class. However, this picture was taken in 1873 in Damascus. Read more on the history of shoe lifts at TYWKIWDBI. Link

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