Weirdest Fashion Trends: Chopines
The precursors to the high heel, Chopines were a popular platform in Venice in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Made from wood, cork and sometimes metal, chopines were originally used as a clog or overshoe to protect walkers from mud and street soil. When newer styles began to emerge, they became a status symbol as the platform’s height literally elevated the status of the wearer. Some of the tallest reached a staggering 20 inches tall.