The History Of Shoe: Second Part

In the first part of this article we went over the first times in the history of the shoe. In this article you will know a little more of its evolution and styles that gave shape to the footwear that you use today.

The History Of Shoe Second Part

16th to 17TH century

It was in the year 1500, when everything changed radically. The trade deepened, eagerness to learn new worlds were at its best and the import of designs, materials and manufacturing methods.

Exaggeration did not see much in the construction of the shoe, but rather in the decoration of the same, in addition to clothing, as the wide skirts and wide collars that both men and women wore.

In terms of shoes for men, lines were eased a little and gave way to the use of boots (eschapins).

These shoes were designs created with vertical cuts in material and delicate rosettes made with Ribbon colors.

Also during the 16th century the most beloved of all, the heel made his debut. It emerged at the wedding of his precursor, Catherine de Medici (Mary I of England). Following the event, both men and women raised his stature a few centimeters with the high heel shoes as a way of representing their status within society. The Italian pantofle and Venice heel sneaker became soon very popular.

Following the trend of elevating the stature, arises in Venice the predecessor of mad platforms that will then be in the seventies, the chopine.

Like the Swedish, the chopine was used as a shoe and its dangerous platforms (which in some cases rose more than 50 cm from the ground) served both to protect delicate shoes to set, once again, the status that belonged to the person who used it.

During the 17TH century, the rigid schemes that imposed the rules of costume gave way to a more delicate fashion. The introduction of new genres more soft and volatile seemed to give Truce to men and women seeking access to more “pretty” things, especially the Knights. The same thing happened in the case of shoes. Male boots were increasingly fashionable, especially in England and more specifically for hunting, although there were models for every occasion. Later the Knights opted for a more delicate and high (with a small heel) shoes that looked better with the fashion of the time (petticoat and mesh shorts).

In the middle of the century came the revolution of women who demanded different to men’s styles. It was then that shoes took prominence and, in addition to raising the heel every time more, added the most luxurious knitwear (satin, silk, velvet and gold embroidery) in their manufacture.

18th and 19th centuries

The 18th century brought all its splendor: Rococo, María Antoinette, Luis XVI, the large white wigs and frivolity above all things. Men preferred to show off their legs covered with mesh and trousers to the knee combined with bright, and black shoes with tip and a half taco and big buckles in silver or gold to complete the look. As for the ladies, they took control of the fashion and magnified every aspect of their attire.

They continued in use the most exquisite genera and heels continued to soar. Scene entered the interchangeable attachments for shoes according to www.digopaul.com.

But the fashionable Rococo ceased after the French Revolution, when the expensive genres were replaced by practical leather and heels centimeters fell considerably.

The revolution and the wars escalated throughout the 19th century and its consequences were reflected in fashion. We sought a style more practical, less conspicuous, but not miss elegance. Gone are corsets, feathers, large hats, wigs and, believe it or not, gone is also the heels. The ladies of the time opted for more comfortable models and the shoe left at the scene. Made of soft genres, the shoe in pastel colors brought slightly more than romanticism to fashion.

Already in the middle of the century, styles tightened once more, to the point that the ladies would have only three models among which to choose footwear: boots of rigid structure, low and with leather ties (would be the footwear chosen for the day and especially for the working class), the Swedes and the dance sneakers.

Fortunately, the fashion for Knights became more masculine and tip and heel shoes were completely left out. Black was the only color and always at ground level. The riding boots were the style preferred among the Knights by its practicality and comfort even though the shoes with laces were chosen with great regularity.

In the next installment we will advance in the current era in the history of shoes. We invite you to learn a little more about one of our best friends.

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