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Chopines, silk velvet and leather trimmed with gilt bobbin lace over wooden platform, 1600-20, Italian (Venice).

Chopines, silk velvet and leather trimmed with gilt bobbin lace over wooden platform, 1600-20, Italian (Venice).

Shoes of this type are called chopines or pantobles. The design was based on shoes worn in Turkish baths. They were originally a type of overshoe, which is why they have no back. People wore later versions either as overshoes or on their own.   This delicate and elegant pair of chopines are made of wood covered with silk velvet and trimmed with silk ribbon and gold lace. The upper is divided with holes for lacing. Venice, circa 1600, wood, velvet, leather, silver gilt braid, bobbin lace

Pair of chopines

Shoes of this type are called chopines or pantobles. The design was based on shoes worn in Turkish baths. They were originally a type of overshoe, which is why they have no back. People wore later versions either as overshoes or on their own. This delicate and elegant pair of chopines are made of wood covered with silk velvet and trimmed with silk ribbon and gold lace. The upper is divided with holes for lacing. Venice, circa 1600, wood, velvet, leather, silver gilt braid, bobbin lace

In the 16th 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 1580-1620). Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum.

International Velvet

In the 16th 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 1580-1620). Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum.

1700, Italy - Pair of chopines - Silk damask with silk embroidery, silk and gilt-silvered galloon, silk and gilt-silver tassel, brass, stamped leather, leather and wood

1700, Italy - Pair of chopines - Silk damask with silk embroidery, silk and gilt-silvered galloon, silk and gilt-silver tassel, brass, stamped leather, leather and wood

Los zancos que tras ellos se crearon los zapatos de tacón alto.

Los zancos que tras ellos se crearon los zapatos de tacón alto.

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, 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....

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

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

Shoe-Icons / Shoes / Late baroque ladies mules, decorated with metallic embroidery on the vamp. France. From the Hearst collection

Shoe-Icons / Shoes / Late baroque ladies mules, decorated with metallic embroidery on the vamp. France. From the Hearst collection

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