poulaine


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poulaine

(puːˈleɪn)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) the toe of a shoe heavily tapered into a narrow point, fashionable in the 14th-15th centuries
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a shoe made in this way
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He is thought to have got his inspiration from a 15th century shoe called the Poulaine which was condemned by the Church as provocative and phallic.
But still the drama continued as Furlong remonstrated with Yorkshire ref Richard Poulaine.
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.
Why haven't platforms gone the way of poulaines, which men abandoned some six centuries ago?