A Look Into The Ottoman Empire’ Really Impractical Footwear

The Ottoman Empire is often recollected for its strong and powerful military forces, ethnic diversity, architectural wonders and, extremely impractical footwear.

The Ottomans were the minds behind the ‘Nalın’, a tall footwear made of wood that was worn by women in bathhouses in order to lift their feet over the heated and wet floor. Although the first models were not as high as the one in the picture – that one presents a stunning 28.5cm of altitude – they grew in hight when women realized it could have been the only way to display their wealth when naked. Immediately a simple matter of convenience became a representation of status, for which the highest your heel was, the more money you had.

The’ Nalın’. Photo: www.vam.ac.uk
Turkish women bathing. Source: www.itinari.com

It is worth mentioning that because of this change, a very functional solution turned into something even more impractical than it was at the beginning. In fact, the women couldn’t really walk with their new gigantic shoes, so they had to bring a maid to assist them. As a result, the new impracticality became an even bigger opportunity to show off prestige.

Is it going to be the same with the new Balenciaga sneaker?

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