These Chopines Weren’t Made for Walking: Precarious Platforms for Aristocratic Feet
"They were beyond extravagant, and they weren't for clumping in the mud."From the Chinese tradition of lotus shoes for bound feet to the 20th-century stil...
Small escutcheon-shaped drawstring bag. Four panels of dark brown hair rep ground brocaded with gold and silver metallic threads, salmon silk. Design of three birds in tree on two sides, Baroque floral motif on other two. Silk and metallic galloon binding at panel seams. Salmon silk drawstring. Original salmon silk lining deteriorated. Binding at top and undyed cotton lining added at a later date. Condition: worn.
Pair of miniature mules (children's ?)
Vamps: salmon silk brocaded with white silk in floral motif; yellow grosgrain bindings; pointed at throats. Pointed toes. White leather welts. Brown leather soles. Dark brown leather-covered wood Louis heels; leather top piece on one. Silk and leather insoles. Buckskin linings emerge above vamp toplines; salmon silk cord passes through soles and ties through linings at throats. Condition: poor; deteriorated.
Pair of man's "thigh" boots
Heavy black jack leather uppers; lapped side, butted front seams; narrow counters. Turned-back flared tops. Square toes. Leather soles. High stacked leather heels. Leather insoles. Linen tapes inside tops.
Small drawstring bag. Two panels of gold metallic fabric brocaded with brown hair, sewn together at sides with metallic woven binding. Same motif on both sides: hands holding ribbon entwining two hearts, Baroque motifs surround, inscribed "UNIT AMOR." Silk and metallic braided drawstring with two gray silk ribbon and gold metallic thread tassels. Pink silk lining.