Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Now Those Are Tall Shoes...!

I often think that today's fashion is crazy, but it seems that it has always been that way!

Once in a while there comes something so bizarre it needs some attention. This is one of those crazy styles that thankfully didn't last that long.

High Heels That Were 0.6 Meters (2 Ft) Tall



Photo credit: Victoria And Albert Museum

In the Middle Ages, Florence was the style capital of the world. There, the ladies pulled out every stop to make sure that they looked good. No trend, though, compared to the dignity and beauty of wearing chopines, platform shoes with massive wooden heels that were sometimes more than 0.6 meters (2 ft) tall.

The look became so popular that it spread to men, too. Since people were essentially walking on stilts, getting around was pretty hard. But Florence’s fashionistas made do by hobbling with canes.

Most people outside of Florence thought that the look was ridiculous. Some even called it “sinfully vain.” The church, though, begrudgingly accepted it. At the very least, they accepted that wearing chopines kept women from dancing—and that, after all, was the worst sin of all.

If anything, the fashion back then was way far crazier back then, know what I mean?

Coffee out on the patio today!

7 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

I've seen the shoes of Japanese women that basically had chunks of wood on the bottom to keep them out of the mud, but they weren't as fancy as those.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

I hate wearing high heels at all, Bubba, but these really are ridiculous. And with the big wig hair and no electricity 0f course, it's a wonder they did not catch on fire from the candelabra.

Big hugs ~

linda m said...

I am so glad I never followed fashion, except for hairstyles. The huge wigs are something I would not have worn tho. And, heels that high would have killed me and my arches.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Like I said, fashion must have always been a bit crazy!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Sis...
I would imagine that the smell alone was enough to give closeness a pause. Certainly discouraged hugging, I would imagine!
Thanks for coming over today, sis!


Hey Linda...
It's a wonder more folks weren't injured from trying to dress that way. Absolutely nuts!
Thanks for the visit this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

After posting that picture of those shoes, some gals will want a pair and probably twist their ankle or fall over and break a leg. Now, don't get me wrong. The high heels on my cowboy boots make my back feel better, but those in your blog are just a little too high. Guess they are early platform shoes.

JO said...

Just found a new bug in this thing the blogs are not updating. I just it home and todays showed up.

I wouldn't even get off the chair in those shoes and I'd be falling haha

Ian H said...

I won't go that high on a ladder!