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

    Bound Foot Shoe

    Asia: East Asia, China

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  • Bound Foot Shoe

    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: May 23, 2012

Posted by Alison

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these shoes were worn by women who had bound feet. they couldn't walk. Any woman who wore these had to be wealthy enough not to work or indeed walk. she would have tp be carried. the tiny deformed feet were seen as erotic - an example of culturally defined beauty if there ever was one. Painful and harmful to the girls whose feet were bound.

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