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When mata­dors be­gan dodg­ing and stab­bing bulls in 1724 rather than fight on horse­back, footwear be­came cru­cial. Mata­dors wear za­p­atil­las – flat black slip­pers dec­o­rated with a lace that lend the wearer a flat-footed gait. Ribbed soles grip the floor of the ring al­though some mata­dors have re­moved them in wet weather.

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