shoe

Manchu woman's shoe with boat-shaped heel and leather soles. The upper is of green silk, but mostly missing, exposed is the second and third layers of white and blue cotton underneath, densely embroidered with floral designs on side, appliqué black satin with butterfly embroidery on toe and scroll designs on ankle, edged with caramel ribbon woven with gold diaper pattern on rim. Lined with white cotton and leather. Wooden boat-shaped platform heel painted in white with leather sole.

The reason for this particular shape, adopted to make the wearer taller and at the same time to lend the shoe a less-awkward and more slender line, is not known, apart from for protection of the delicate upper from the dust and mud of the streets.

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