BOOTS AREN’T MADE FOR WALKING
Imagine being so wealthy you didn’t need to use your feet to walk. Combine that with the trend for corsets, and you’ve got the shocking practice of foot binding, once popular with upper-class Chinese women. The feet of young girls would be broken and tightly bound for years, to ensure they had dainty ‘lotus’ feet when they grew up. The fact they wouldn’t be able to walk didn’t matter – they could be carried everywhere. The smaller their feet, the better a girl’s marriage prospects.
Though foot binding was banned in 1912, in some areas it continued until the 1950s