BOOTS AREN’T MADE FOR WALK­ING

FOOT BIND­ING

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… DEADLY FASHIONS -

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

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