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(Collector's Weekly)   500 years ago, women wore platform shoes that were almost impossible to walk in   ( collectorsweekly.com) divider line
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2014-04-17 08:43:28 PM  
Big surprise? A portion of the world's female population wearing a shoe that impacts their physical wellbeing in a negative manner is something that has always existed and always will. A large percent of women have a strange relationship with shoes.
 
2014-04-17 11:27:09 PM  
No goldfish in the heels?
 
2014-04-17 11:43:43 PM  

i369.photobucket.com

 
2014-04-18 12:05:37 AM  

GreenAdder: No goldfish in the heels?


Disco Stu approves.
 
2014-04-18 06:04:55 AM  

eurotrader: Big surprise? A portion of the world's female population wearing a shoe that impacts their physical wellbeing in a negative manner is something that has always existed and always will. A large percent of women have a strange relationship with shoes.




I'll never understand it. I feel like all young girls need to be shown the progression of SJP's feet to know what they're doing to themselves. Heels are pretty but they will fark you up. Then again, I hate shoes and would go everywhere barefoot if I could.

Loving the barefoot style shoes trend. Not the toe ones, but. I have some Merrell ballet flats and running shoes (vapor glove) that are barefoot style and they're amazing. I don't feel like I'm wearing big awkward blocks and I can actually grip the ground for balance. Without worrying about sharp things.
 
2014-04-18 06:23:31 AM  
I've always found flats to be a better turn on than heels, thusly I'll never understand this kind of fashion.

/Its all about the toes, specifically...
 
2014-04-18 06:26:43 AM  
500 seconds ago so did my aunt
 
2014-04-18 06:46:22 AM  

basemetal: [i369.photobucket.com image 348x284]


Christ, that makes my ankles hurt just to look at.
 
2014-04-18 07:14:04 AM  
That was more interesting than I expected it to be.
 
2014-04-18 07:52:35 AM  
Early prototypes for drywallers.

www.contractortalk.com
 
2014-04-18 08:23:14 AM  
birminghamhistorycenter.files.wordpress.com

It wasn't always just a lady thing.
 
2014-04-18 08:47:56 AM  

doloresonthedottedline: eurotrader: Big surprise? A portion of the world's female population wearing a shoe that impacts their physical wellbeing in a negative manner is something that has always existed and always will. A large percent of women have a strange relationship with shoes.

I'll never understand it. I feel like all young girls need to be shown the progression of SJP's feet to know what they're doing to themselves. Heels are pretty but they will fark you up. Then again, I hate shoes and would go everywhere barefoot if I could.

Loving the barefoot style shoes trend. Not the toe ones, but. I have some Merrell ballet flats and running shoes (vapor glove) that are barefoot style and they're amazing. I don't feel like I'm wearing big awkward blocks and I can actually grip the ground for balance. Without worrying about sharp things.


I get that it can emphasise the calf muscles, thereby making your legs look great, but yeah. It's definitely not good for you.
 
2014-04-18 09:28:30 AM  
When you lived in an era where draft animals pooped in the streets, the higher the heels the better...
 
kth
2014-04-18 10:05:46 AM  
The best thing about breaking my ankle was that I couldn't wear hose and heels to work (lawyer) for a few months, so I transitioned from suits and heels to sweater sets and long skirts with flats. And lo and behold, judges just didn't give a damn. So I never went back.
 
2014-04-18 10:13:17 AM  

Fast Moon: [birminghamhistorycenter.files.wordpress.com image 422x600]

It wasn't always just a lady thing.


FTFA:  Nearly 500 years ago, these sky-high, geometric platforms were designed to showcase familial wealth in parts of Spain and Italy. (The trend was undone in the 18th century by a new fad for heels inspired by Persian riding boots for men.)
 
2014-04-18 10:13:55 AM  
Japan has quite a history of similar footwear. Here's a maiko in tall okobo style sandals.
image.space.rakuten.co.jp

These clodhoppers are actually called oirangeta "courtesan sandals".
www.shizuokamatsuri.com
 
2014-04-18 11:08:53 AM  
They look like horse hooves on the bottom.
 
2014-04-18 12:12:11 PM  
 
2014-04-18 12:47:21 PM  

eurotrader: Big surprise? A portion of the world's female population wearing a shoe that impacts their physical wellbeing in a negative manner is something that has always existed and always will. A large percent of women have a strange relationship with shoes.


From the article, which I'm assuming you didn't read: "Men denounced women for putting on shoes of this height, but they were wearing these shoes to flaunt the wealth of their fathers or their husbands."

And yes, it probably will continue to happen well into the future.
 
2014-04-19 03:31:29 AM  
the only thing I am curious about is the Curators contention in TFA that these were NOT used to keep out of the mud etc.
If she just meant the Chopins she is showing from Spain and Venice, I guess so.
But I am pretty sure I have come across references to English women wearing pattens, which I believe did serve this purpose.
Hmm.
 
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