The gender connotation of the shoes: shoes and culture behind the shoes

This world has never lacks shoes such as love. Shoes, is seen by modern people as a symbol of expression and showing identity. A person’s social and economic status can be quickly inferred through the shoes. and


In history, the shoes have deeper cultural connotations.

Today, Xiao Yu is with you.

Starting from the cultural art work, look at the gender connotation behind the shoes during different historical periods, this phase first speaks men’s shoes.


Men’s shoes change, behind men’s power

Pointed shoes

14, 15th century in France, British popular pointed shoes

In the 14th century, Poulaines (“Polish Pointer”)

Male aristocrat

stand up. This is a low-top floor skating shoes, there is a distinct pointed. People may think that they are the medieval version of the famous pointed shoes in the 1950s Gen Murphy. Poulaines is also known as Krav’s shoes, and its appearance is associated with Anna, British King Charlie, Ying Bohemia.

20th century Gwen Murphy Classic Design: Human face pointed shoes

In the 1350 wall of St. Stephen Church, you can see the choice of different styles of pointed shoes. And these are very particular.


First, they are symbol of identity.

The shoe tip is called “spear”, its length shows that the owner is a casual class: this shoe is un practical, obviously wearing it does not engage in any form of physical labor. As this trend becomes more and more quirky, the spear can even reach 60 cm! In order to keep their rugged, the top of the pointed shoe is filled with moss, wool or hair. If the hoe is too long, it can be rolled up, and then use the metal chain to take the adhesive tip to the knee or ankle. A sentence,

The higher the status, the longer the adhesive tip, and the roller is getting thicker.

Medieval strokes, kings and pastors, wearing pointed shoes.

Why do you want to wear so long shoes?

The second reason is because this is a very important symbol of men.

– The tip with the “words”, the length of the spear is equivalent to “masculin” they claim to. Even exaggeration is that it makes men in history, and there is a behavior that is similar to Chinese women.

In order to cross your feet into a sharp shoe, men dare to cut off. Disease beauty!

Medieval pointed shoes

what is interesting is,

The women at the time were not interested in this kind of pointed shoes.

Only men are passionate, this is really different from modern trends. Soon, this kind of

Pointed shoes began to be criticized

– The conservative society believes that such shoes are guilty, and the church condemned it as “The Finger of the Devil”. In 1463, even a law to limit the size of the adapter: any shoes can’t exceed two inches!

This kind of shoes that make men sound tight toes, finally destroyed. Fortunately.

Sandbag shoes

The fashion of the medieval is deeply affected by Gothic aesthetics, gothic aesthetic preference length and verticalness, so pointed shoes are also born. Be over

During the Renaissance, people began to gradually produce hobbies in the horizontal shape.


The men wear a tight jacket with a liner in the shoulders, and women are wearing a large dress. As a result, as the change in the style of clothing also produces “shoe type”, the long tip shoe is replaced by Tudor “sandbag shoes”. The reason why it is, because wearing this kind of shoes is like a sand bag.

Henry VII portrait, 16th century


Similar to the length of the previous pointed shoes,

Shoe bag

Width indicates the identity of the wearer

. Henry VII often wears a clearly wide shoe, which will enhance his aggressive and confident image. In this royal portrait, he wears a large square shoes, shoes are made of luxurious cream silk, and there are cuts at the details. Silk or velvet shoes are particularly expensive because these materials must import from Italy. Decorative knife injury was also found in the garment, which was originally derived from Switzerland mercenaries, and they brought these knife injuries and their sword knife injured in the battle. This is also implied that during the period, the military is successful in the military.

Similarly, this is not very good, with a hot-tempered sandbags, 1

Ladies of the 6th century are not interested


Small heels and boots

Dorset Earl Sosso, 17th century, wearing a small heel


During the Baroque, the elites of the royal and superstructure in Europe were depicted into gorgeous costumes in portraits to show wealth and art tastes. The stylish design is to emphasize the uniform calves and thighs, which means

Colorful stockings and exquisite shoes have become popular themes

. The soles of the shoes are arch, the shoes are very small, and the slip must be replaced with a lock fastener, and there is a ribbon.

In this portrait, the Dogzt Emperor III was blocked and a person who waved the soil. The shoes are roses, which is a popular decoration in the British upper class except for the bows. In Jacob player John Webster’s famous tragic “Devil’s Law”, it also satirized this pair of shoes: “Blow the rose of the head to cover your gout’s ankle.”

Charlie, wearing a small heel

This small heel style is widely loved in the 17th century. However, this is not a new invention, because in the 10th century, the Persian cavalry has been wearing high heels, they need to fix the feet on the horse. During the rule of Charlie, – a chaos and war –

Men’s shoes are affected by military uniforms


In this portrait of this 1631, Charlie I wore a double elegant


Knee boots

This style has become his supporter –

Knight’s fashion name

. According to reports, in 1634 to 1635, he produced 20 pairs of shoes, and each double price was £ 24. They are made of expensive soft leather, the appearance of wrinkles is deliberately designed, top-up, osmoxicity, and thick, and functional spurs, there is not much difference with cowboy boots.

It is important to emphasize that the high heels of this period belong to the popularity of men.


In the next phase, we see the popularity of women’s shoes.




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