The pursuit of fashionable feet is no stranger to the history books. Women have been enduring torturous footwear for centuries in the name of fashion and beauty. To all those high heel admirers, do you know exactly how much pressure is under your foot?
Young Chinese women who endured the agony of footbinding did so for beauty. One cannot help but feel shock and curiosity at such a thing. Here are some examples of footwear worn by women throughout the centuries.
Learn about the practice of foot binding in ancient China and view a full set of photos of a woman with bound feet in Yunnan Province.