chopine


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cho·pine

 (chō-pēn′, chŏ-, chŏp′ĭn)
n.
A woman's shoe worn in the 1500s and 1600s that featured a very high, thick sole.

[Obsolete French chapin, from Old Spanish, from chapa, plate, covering, from Old French; see chape.]

chopine

(tʃɒˈpiːn) or

chopin

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a sandal-like shoe on tall wooden or cork bases popular in the 18th century
[C16: from Old Spanish chapín, probably imitative of the sound made by the shoe when walking]

cho•pine

(tʃoʊˈpin, ˈtʃɒp ɪn)

n.
a women's shoe with a high sole, worn in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, to add height and protect the feet.
[1570–80; < Sp chapín <chap(a) (< Middle French chape chape)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chopine - a woman's shoe with a very high thick solechopine - a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
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Surely the most ludicrous shoe of the bunch though is the Venetian woman's chopine, a 'high platform of layered cork covered in palecoloured kidskin, backless leather upper, with all over punchwork decoration'.
The chopine (at right) looks like the modern-day platform shoe.
When displayed, poulaines worn by men and chopines worn by women could serve as provocations akin to lingerie, aimed at strategically drawing attention to precisely that which it supposedly conceals.
Also in the 16th century, women in Italy, France and Spain wore chopines - a shoe balanced on pedestals of cork or wood as much as 24 inches high.
The exaggerated soles of these chopines are sculpted like inverted ocean liners, with small, ordinary lace-up booties on top.