Shoes, Laws, & Ladies (Part Two)

Costume History, Fashion History

Right, where were we? Oh yes, the implicit sexuality of not being able to walk properly in pianelle.

Chopines

Chopines, 1580-1620. [image source]

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Shoes, Laws, & Ladies

Costume History, Fashion History

It’s January. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s a long time til summer. What’s a girl to do? Distract herself with SHOES, of course!

More specifically, distract herself with the social, moral, and sexual implications of the Renaissance mother-of-all-shoes, the pianelle. BEHOLD:

pink_chopine

Early 17th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. [image source]