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This pair is also located at the Stibbert museum in Florece, Italy. Velvet covered, ruched ribbon on the front, metallic braid and lace around the piece.    Pair of Chopines  c. 1620  Museo Stibbert, Florence

Pair of Chopines c. 1620 Velvet covered, ruched ribbon on front, metallic braid and lace around the piece. In collection of Museo Stibbert, Florence.

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

In the century, upper-class Venetian women would have worn elegant chopines like this pair of velvet-covered shoes, which were explicitly designed as luxurious fashion (circa Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum.

17th century, Venice, Italy - Chopine - Tooled leather with silk tape and tassel, and wood stilt

A chopine with a wooden base, covered with leather, and tufts on the vamp. Again, I strongly suggest you visit the MFA website to look at all of the chopines that they have in their collection. Chopine Century Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

PAIR LADY'S WEDDING SHOE BUCKLES, 1763. Oval, large hand cut paste stones in silver mounts, in original case (missing top), script note pasted on underside of box "Slipper Buckles worn by Hannah Allin wife of James Hooker on her wedding day 1763", 1.75" x 3.75", excellent. MCNY

PAIR LADY'S WEDDING SHOE BUCKLES, Oval, large hand cut paste stones in silver mounts, in original case (missing top), script note pasted on underside of box "Slipper Buckles worn by Hannah Allin wife of James Hooker on her wedding day x excellent.

Extant Raised Heels

Extant Raised Heels - Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction

Chopine of Tooled Leather  ca. 1550  Barcelona, Museo de Indumentaria  B Scan from Anderson

Extant Raised Heels - Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction

Styltsko för dam, s.k. venetiansk kurtisansko. Datering  1600 cirka Oh My Goodness!!! Talk about an ankle breaker!!!

Styltsko för dam, s.k. venetiansk kurtisansko. Datering 1600 cirka Oh My Goodness!!! Talk about an ankle breaker!!!

Chopines, 1590-1610 Italy, the Met Museum “ The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice from the 15th to the early 17th centuries. While most examples are between three and five inches tall, some specimens of over a foot tall survive....

Chopines, Italy, the Met Museum “ The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice from the to the early centuries. While most examples are between three and five inches tall, some specimens of over a foot tall survive.

История вещей, костюма, искусства, мебели, интерьера и быта от художника кино. - Женская обувь 15-16 века и "Сhopines" на платформе.

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

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