As you know, fashion is cyclical, and everything new is a well-forgotten old. Looking at today’s various models of sandals, shoes and ankle boots, we can say with confidence that all this was already worn. In the XIV-XVII centuries, very high shoes were very popular in different countries of the world. They were the progenitors of today’s shoes on the platform.
Chopins – shoes on the platform of the Renaissance times.
Okobo – Japanese geisha shoes in the old days.
In Japan, for several centuries, geisha (or majko) wear shoes on a platform called okobo. The original purpose of high footwear is the same as that of other Europeans – do not get dirty in street mud. The height of the okoco is about 14 cm in Geisha. The name of this shoe is associated with a characteristic sound that is issued during walking. To the leg the hocks are fastened with ribbons. Previously, by the color of the ribbons, it was possible to determine the status of a geisha. The red color indicated that the girl had just embarked on the training path, and yellow emphasized its ending. The Japanese take care of preserving their customs, so still on the streets of cities you can see Japanese women who put on a walk for an okobo.
Lebanese in the cabbage, XIV-XVII centuries.
Kabkabas – traditional shoes in Lebanon from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
In the XIV-XVII centuries in Lebanon, women also loved high shoes – kabbas. Their primary function was the same as other footwear on the platform – to protect clothing from dirt. In public baths in kabkabah went not only Lebanese, but also men. At the wedding, the bride was to stand out among all. If it was a short teenage girl, then her cannabis could reach 60 cm.
Caps were made from wood and decorated with mother of pearl, or even gold and silver. At their feet they were fastened with ribbons.
Chopins. Italy, around 1650
Chopins. Italy, the XVII century.
It is believed that chopins (or as they were called, tsokkoli or pianella) appeared in the XIV century in Venice. This footwear, first of all, was designed to protect the dresses of aristocrats and common people from street sewage (there was no sewage then). Later chopins began to point to the social status of women – the higher they were, the more important the person was considered. It came to that some chopins reached 50 cm.
In the XVII the height of chopin was about 18 cm. The lower part of this shoe was made of pine or cork, and then it was covered with leather, silk or velvet. When the fashionable canons changed, and the dresses became slightly shorter, the chopins were decorated with gold embroidery.
In place of chopin in the XVII century came shoes with heels. Moreover, the sun-king Louis XIV issued a decree that all the courtiers wear shoes with a red sole. They are considered to be the ancestors of the famous labutenes.