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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Why do the soles of these shoes look clean and unworn?

responded: Jul 27, 2010

Posted by Amber

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Some thoughts in response to Ivy: Actually, it's a bit of a myth that women with bound feet did not walk or work. Have a look at this amazing website where women who bound their feet tell their stories: http://www.josephrupp.com/story15.html The second woman pictured talks about having to work in the fields and continue doing chores once she began binding her feet. Perhaps these shoes look unworn because they were worn by a wealthier woman who had to work less?

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