Bound foot shoes

To wear these tiny shoes, a woman changed the shape of her feet by the process of foot binding, a centuries-old practice among women in China. The desired result of foot binding was “delicate” feet, which connoted beauty, modesty and status, and were referred to as “golden lotus” feet, or jin lian.


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    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China

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    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China

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  • Bound Foot Shoe

    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China, Northeast China, Shandong, Wangxian

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How has your culture influenced you to change something about yourself or your body?

responded: Sep 18, 2011

Posted by Susan Jean

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My first reaction to these tiny shoes is one of disgust that any woman could put herself through such pain for shoes. But then I glance at my stiletto collection and realize that I am quite similar. I frequently wear high heels and suffer with blisters as well as complain about my aching feet - only to wear them again the next day. As a woman of average height, I definitely aspire to be taller. Although wearing high heels gives me more confidence, I believe that this desire is heavily influenced by my culture or more specifically the fashion culture I now find myself immersed in. It's no secret that to be tall, slim and white is the ideal in the fashion world. Since I am none of the three, increasing my height with high heels is the easiest way to fit in.

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