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, Northeast China, Shandong, Wangxian

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

responded: Sep 14, 2010

Posted by Bre Twining

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In response to Jessica: The tradition of bound feet goes back far longer than ten years; and in China, this certainly WAS in fashion for a time. Women who did not have small (bound) feet goes bad a very long time, which I'm certain you could have found had you used some of the many resources at your fingertips. The process went "out of fashion" because of how it is now considered extremely inhumane. That is the reason why you will not see this kind of clothing anymore, hopefully. The true reason these look unworn is that the women's bound feet were extremely painful, and could not be walked on. Many women who did walk shuffled very slowly, just because the process was so painful.

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