Attention Lady Gaga's of 15th century Venice. The platform shoe can be traced back to the late 1400's in Venice. The need for aristocratic women to navigate wet streets resulted in these elevated platform shoe-covers. Courtesans and Royalty alike chose these first for practicality and then later as a mark of status. The higher the shoe, the higher the status. Some have been recording as high as 30". The style soon spread to many European cities. The examples are the Venetian Chopine (left) and the Italian Zoccolo (right).
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