Curious history of long toed shoes


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Curious history of long toed shoes

  1. 1. Cameron Kippen
  2. 2.  In twelfth century the influence of Islam permeated into European Court culture.  Returning crusaders adapted Islamic stories and philosophies and the origins of chivalry and courtly love are thought to come from this time period.
  3. 3. “ E d`amor mou castitaz“ (From love comes chastity)  The relationship was always illicit i.e. the woman was the wife of another, often a lord or patron.  Consummation of courtly love was virtually impossible.
  4. 4.  Domnei - Gazing on a partly or fully undressed lady.  Donnoi - A courting couple shared a bed but avoiding penetrative intercourse. By these means the male lover proved his depth of his love.
  5. 5. The Chastity Belt Long toed shoes
  6. 6. Long Toed Shoes 24 inches longer than the foot
  7. 7. Syphilis  Historians accept bacterium treponema palladium existed in Europe prior to the 15th century.  During the 16th century a syphilis epidemic spread throughout the Old World.  The presence of the pox and the knowledge of its transmission gave good reason to influence sexual practice.
  8. 8. Tabes Dorsalis General paresis of the insane Syphilitic myelopathy causes muscle weakness and when combined with lack of sensations this creates coordination difficulties resulting in problems of wide based walking. The progressive locomotor ataxia causes people to stoop forward and walk with a wide based, "high- stepping“ gait. Brain damage causing impaired mental function with serious personality and delusional behaviours. This often leaves the person a semi imbecile
  9. 9. When the King was a Syphilitic, semi-imbecile, the court jester served as a useful distraction. The presence of a Fool disarmed criticism by making the King look More normal.
  10. 10. In both occidental and oriental societies masturbation with feet and shoes may have provided protection from sexually transmitted diseases.
  11. 11. A Charcot foot This describes a progressive deterioration of weight- bearing joints, usually in The foot or ankle.
  12. 12. In the 16th century records, archives and dated paintings confirm the fashion for extremely broad shoes (Bears Paw) became vogue across Europe in a very short space of time. The broad shoes boasted of individual compartments for each toe and would have been ideal to accommodate Charcot Foot.
  13. 13. Sincere thanks To all sources who made this presentation not only possible, but more importantly, plausible.
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