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The Return of the Chopine | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Return of the Chopine

Manolo says, clearly, we are in the late-decadent phase of our culture…

Strass Wedge from Alexander McQueen

The Strass Wedge from the Alexander McQueen, which looks remarkably like the 16th century Venetian chopine.

4 Responses to “The Return of the Chopine”

  1. NDC September 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Ease of mobility, both then and now, seems not to be a major design consideration. When one realizes that the chopines were worn by courtesans and patrician women, for whom much walking at all was probably unnecessary, the term “platform” as a stationery concept seems especially apt.

    All the best,


  2. The formerly shoe-obsessed Wayne September 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Oh, I love those…if I had the $, I’d put them on a mantelpiece just admire them.

  3. Tiffany September 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Love those McQueen shoes


  4. Elizabeth Smith October 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    The curve in the back is nice but the front is a little too sparkly for me.