The Chapín Renaissance, a Shoe of Spanish Origin

Although the towering slippers made glow in the brazen Venice of the 16th century, its origin is clearly Hispanic and Arabic. Let’s start with order.

Slippers for Ladies

Origins and development of the slippers for ladies

The chapines, like shoes for Lady, started to become fashionable in the Court of Felipe II. Despite the simplicity of this time, the ladies of high rank with low-rise wanted to appear a few centimetres over. To this end, some ingenious shoemakers took as a model a type of shoe high and made of wood, very popular in the hamman Arab baths which, at the same time, began to close in Spain.

These flip-flops had a very specific function: isolate the foot’s moisture and water stagnating in these places. The originals were made in wood. With the reconquest of completely finished, public places of Muslim origin were beginning to enter into oblivion, but there are always objects that save the cracks of censorship.

And one of them were the slippers.

In the Court of Felipe II the wooden pallet of these shoes was replaced by successive sheets of Cork which could reach the height of 10 centimeters, according to Although this shoe was discovered by the heel, have come some models that have ribbons to allow better tread and do not run off the floor.The Chapín Renaissance, a Shoe of Spanish Origin 1

Platforms, as already happened in the Old Roman Empire became all the rage among the aristocracy of the time. And such which happened in former times as the middle ages, they were all kinds of luxurious and expensive materials. Current skin was labrada, but also, velvets, brocades, gold and silver thread (which are also found in the Sandals of Egypt) and a special predilection for elaborate works.

The shoe in the Renaissance in Europe and part of America

Spain was by then an economic power that extended its influence over the current Latin America, parts of Asia and large areas of Italy. Although he was never a callsign in fashion, the economic power makes that it must be carried in the Centre of power (in court) go spreading to zones of influence. And that was what happened with the chapín female. He came to Venice where acquired measurements and models until the paroxysm only recovered today with artists like Lady Gaga and houses like United Nudemodels. The expansion was constant, since, on the other side of the Atlantic, the ladies of rank of the colonial viceroyalties nor had no qualms about adapting the fashion.The Chapín Renaissance, a Shoe of Spanish Origin 2

The fury of the elevated chapines was such that came to be criticized by the more moralistic of a very given to sober realm. So much so that, among men of the Court, although still medieval boots and breeches were worn, became trendy a leather shoe black (mourning who liked so much in court). It seemed a counterpoint to the excesses of feminine shoe, they were very comfortable and very square tip. They were known with nicknames like nose of cow or duck-billed, by similarity with these animal appendages.

The fashion of the Renaissance in Italy

If this happened in Spain, world economic center during those decades, in Florence, together with the great artists of the Renaissance, began to blossom a rich culture of leather, leather goods or jewelry which has reached today with firms settled such as Ferragamo and Gucci, both with impressive museums of shoes open for the enjoyment of the public.

From this date, although trends and some technical advances developed in so later as 20th century date, as is the heel (which is Roger Vivier for the New Look of Christian Dior models), the footwear industry begins to consolidate itself up to resemble the contemporary.The Chapín Renaissance, a Shoe of Spanish Origin 3