Have you ever heard of the “Cioppine”?
In this article we will tell you the story of the ancient Venetian shoes: the cioppine.
In the twelfth century in Venice the shoemakers gathered in guilds called “Caleghèri” and “Zavateri” which also included the category of “Solarii”, ie those who produced the soles for shoes, and the category of “Patitari”, who instead produced the hooves called “Socchi” or “zanghe” with a wooden or cork sole.
With the influence of the various Oriental – Byzantine and Ottoman – Chinese styles, due to the many commercial exchanges that affected the Venice area, the shoes took new forms.
This is how the famous Venetian shoes were born: the Cioppine!
The cioppine were particular feminine shoes, equipped with a large wedge and used by all the ladies to walk around the streets of Venice.
Visitors from all over the world often made stops in Venice just to see the ladies wandering with the cioppine to the feet, shoes that made walking difficult.
The height of the wedge could even reach 50 cm and sometimes two helpers were needed to assist and help the lady get on shoes.
In this way they became a form of wealth index, the higher the wedge was, the more important the Lady was wearing it.
In this regard, the Venice Serenissima in the year 1430 issued a law that limited the height of the wedge to a normal size, about 8 cm.
But the law was completely ignored by all the people who continued to wear the cioppine.
In fact, even the Venetian husbands favored their use, since they limited the risk that their wives went around (because of the difficulty to walk on them) while they were out of town for work.
Even the ecclesiastical authorities approved them because these shoes, which limited the movements, discouraged activities that were considered sinful for them, including dance.
The wedges were then covered with leather or velvet, and the fabric of the cioppine was often the same used then also for the dress.
The cioppine became fashionable also in Spain, France, England and even in China.
They were then banned after many women suffered abortions due to falls caused by the use of excessively high footwear.
There are shoes that, for better or for worse, have gone down in history, or in any case somehow remember its existence even in legends and stories.
How not to mention then, at the beginning, the god Mercury, Hermes correspondent of Greek mythology, and his winged shoes, the famous Talari. This attribute did not mean anything but his role as messenger of the Gods, and for this reason which representation would have been better if not the wings to sandals to send the messages as quickly as possible!
In China, starting from 900 AD until the first half of the twentieth century, that is for almost a thousand years, the practice for women to bandage their feet and to dress very small and narrow shoes was in vogue, since this, at the time, represented a symbol of purity and nobility . This is the so-called Golden Lotus or Golden Lilies, a poetic name used to describe this Chinese practice of artificial deformation of female feet. The reference to the flower that sways in the wind was in fact due to the oscillating gait that the feet so placed gave to the woman. According to legend, the practice of the Golden Lotus arose around 900 AD. from an imperial concubine. To get hold of the favor of the emperor, she had bandaged his feet with long bands of white silk and then danced the Dance of the moon on the Lotus flower.
In Krakow, on the other hand, there is an episode that binds a refined shoe, the noble foot that wore it and its imprint on a church stone. We are talking about the church of the Carmelite Fathers in Piasek, whose historical foundation is linked to the figures of Hedwig and Ladislao Jagellone, who commissioned the construction of the building at the end of the fourteenth century. According to a popular story in fact the wise and good Queen Hedwig went one day to the church still under construction. At a certain point, however, she realized that one of the masons who worked there had a very sad and resigned face. So the sovereign, always a gentle soul, worried about him and then learned that the worker’s sadness was due to the economic difficulties he was facing, especially because of the impossibility of buying the medicines necessary to make his seriously ill wife recover. Hedwig then did not hesitate any longer and decided to help him: he put her foot on a block of stone, untied the gold buckle from the shoe and gave it to the worker, aware that, by selling it, he would earn money needed. Once the queen had gone away, the man saw the imprint that her shoe had left on the still soft clay. Thus, in memory of the goodness and generosity of the sovereign, he has walled the block with the imprint of the shoe in the wall of the church with the date engraved: the year was 1390.
A curiosity about shoes with heels: unlike what you might think, it was not a woman to introduce them first in their shoe rack and show off with ease, but a man, the king of France Louis XIV, who, not being able to boast of a particularly important stature, sought remedy, or at least tried to do it, using this little help.
Another anecdote instead concerns the famous pianist and composer Fryderyk Chopin. The latter was invited to lunch by a rich shoemaker who, at the end of the meal, asked the master to sit at the piano saying: “just to show me how to do it”. So, in response, Chopin returned the invitation and after having lunch with the shoemaker, he brought a small table and all the shoemaker’s tools and asked the guest to make a shoe for him, starting with: “just to see how it’s done”.
The shoes were protagonists or co-stars on many famous films, magic shoes, which set up fashion or simply worn.
Let’s see together the eight most famous films in which shoes were a fundamental part of the plot.
- MAGIC OF OZ: in the famous movie “The Wizard of Oz” inspired by the story told in the books “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” the protagonist Dorothy wears the magical red shoes that had the power to take her home or carry it wherever she wanted.
- IN HER SHOES: the film “In Her Shoes” talks about two completely different sisters, who have no interest in common, apart from their great passion for shoes.
- CENERENTOLA: the story of Cinderella in the film, in cardboard or in books we all know it. It is the classic story in which shoes are an essential part of history. Cinderella after a spell by the Fairy Godmother wears these magical crystal shoes. The shoes were then replicated by the big fashion names.
- GREASE: in the last scenes of the movie “Grease” during the piece “You’re the one that I want” we can see the shoes worn by the protagonist Olivia, with which she turns off the cigarette in front of John Travolta. Red shoes with super heels then seen again on the catwalks.
- PRETTY WOMAN: always used by the protagonist we see the very high knee boots with black zip closure. From there started the fashion of high-heeled boots up to the knee, fashion seen again on the catwalk in recent years.
- MARIA ANTONIETTA: in Sofia Coppola’s film dedicated to Marie Antoinette you can see hundreds of shoes including the current and very famous All Star. Even the Royal people need comfort and simplicity.
- BACK TO THE FUTURE 2: the film “Back to the Future 2” sees the protagonist Martin wearing the legendary Nike shoes that have the power to tie themselves up, be self-cleaning and also have the power to adapt to the number of feet. Shoes that Nike has currently produced.
- THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: the film “The Devil wears Prada” is based on fashion. During the film you can see hundreds and hundreds of smoking hot shoes, all the shoes that every woman dreams of having in her own shoe rack.
Do you never know what shoes to wear every day to go to the office?
In this article we will give you some ideas to always have adequate and fashionable looks in the office.
Décolleté: you know, the décolleté is a great classic but in the office it is more appropriate to wear them together with a men’s cut trousers, shirt and blazer instead of a dress.
Mules or sabot: mules or sabot are the must – have shoes for the spring – summer 2018 season and they can be combined with almost any item of clothing. The ideal outift is composed of mules, a dress or simple jeans with a blouse.
Platform shoes: for those who love comfort without giving up a few inches more, platform shoes are the ideal footwear. Even the platform shoes like the mules are combined with any look, but mainly combine with palazzo pants, dresses and midi skirts.
Sandals with heels: high-heeled sandals are very elegant, we recommend wearing them on days with some special occasion, such as an important meeting or a meeting with a client. For this reason heeled sandals in the office must be strictly combined with a sheath dress.
Moccasin: the moccasin is the perfect shoe for the office. Useful to dampen an outfit that may be too feminine or alternatively to combine with a look composed of a shirt, jacket and cigarette pants.
Ballerinas: dancers are the ideal footwear for those looking for comfort but do not want to have a look too sporty. The most suitable outfit for this type of shoe is made up of skinny trousers or jeans and a simple sweater.
Sneakers: sneakers can be worn in the office if the work environment does not require a formal dress code. Ideal for women who love a sporty and practical look. To create a look that is not too sporty, it is advisable to combine sneakers with a midi skirt or trousers and a shirt.
Low sandals: low sandals without heels are definitely the most worn shoes during the summer. They combine perfectly with all items of clothing, especially with dresses, long skirt, cigarette pants or jumpsuit.
We have finally entered the spring and summer is almost upon us.
What models are in fashion this season?
- Décolleté with low heel: décolleté with midi heel, also called kitten heel, are ideal for all women who love comfort but do not want to do without elegance and refinement.
Bon-ton shoes par excellence, they are ideal to wear in the office or even in the evening for some event or dinner.
They adapt easily to any type of look, with jeans, a dress or an elegant look.
- Moccasin: the moccasin is a must for this spring – summer 2018, it is a valid alternative to sandals and décolleté for those looking for a shoe that combines comfort with style.
Décolleté with low heel: décolleté with midi heel, also called kitten heel, are ideal for all women who love comfort but do not want to do without elegance and refinement.
- Mules: mules also known as sabot shoes are back in fashion in summer 2017, always have the back part open and can be either with the low heel or with the high heel.
They can be found in leather or in various fabrics and can be either basic or embellished with various accessories and can even be completed with fur.
They too, like the moccasins, are perfect with dresses and office looks.
- Ballerina shoe: the ballerina shoe never goes out of fashion! But it is constantly changing to stay on the cutting edge and follow fashion.
This year the pointy ballerinas are very fashionable, some showing part of the heel, with decorations or buckles and studs.
To be worn preferably with some dress or skirt.
- Slip on: the slip on are sneakers without laces or zippers but with elastic.
They are for the more sporty women, who love the comfortable, less formal look and want to feel at ease.
Ideal to wear with jeans or trousers but also with sheath dress, flared skirts or tight-fitting dresses to break the look.
Did you already know all the proposals for this new season?
“The foot has 28 bones, 27 joints, 100 ligaments, 23 muscles, and a highly branched nervous and capillary system.It takes a shoe that is worthy.”
Shoes are essential for our life and accompany us, in most cases, in the various moments of our lives.
Starting from infancy with the first steps, the maturity exam, the graduation, marriage, travel and all the days of our daily life.
In addition to the external beauty of footwear, the primary importance is the quality of the same for our health.
This is why it is important to choose the footwear and the quality with which it was produced.
The quality of our Made in Italy is a guarantee for the health and well-being of the foot.
Italian shoes are in the foreground, components, accessories, machines for production and everything related to the design created by stylists and modellers.
Made in Italy craftsmanship is a protection for one’s own health, because, unlike other countries, in Italy it has never been so necessary. all the materials.
From real leather to the upper, from the sole to the most minute details of a shoe, it has been carefully and carefully chosen.
The quality of Made in Italy is very high, this is justified by the quality of the materials used, the manufacture and attention to detail that we can only find in Italian footwear.
When you are about to buy a shoe, remember the quality factor – price and wellness of your foot and your health, buy Made in Italy shoes!