6 / 2006

USA - Erotic dancers' shoe with two-tone snakeskin upper - Mid 20th Century

Footwear often contributes to sex attratctions far beyond the locus of the foot by eroticizing the legs, the hips and buttocks, the gait, the posture and carriage. The shoe has sensualizing effects on the whole person. Platform shoes require a delicate walk that increases the exotic lure of the wearer. For thousands of years, women have had an affinity for fragile foundations and willowy walking. The Greek "Kothornos", the Italian "Chopines", tha Middle eastern "Kub-kabs", the japanese "Geta" and the Chinese "Lotus shoes" all created a mincing walk and men have always responded erotically to the sight of it. Above platform shoe, created for an exotic dancer, has a cut-out decoration of sixes and nines being a direct indication to a favoured love position.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland