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Old 21 July 2010, 08:38 PM
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If it only dates back to the 1300s, I should point out that a. fashion trickled down to the masses from the nobility for the most part, and b. this was not a really big time for function over form. There is a very extreme (and very silly) fashion in particular that came about during that century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poulaine

These shoes could get so long that people would have to add whalebones to the frame of the shoe to keep them sticking out and walk up stairs sideways. The earlier part of the century was a bit more functional, and of course fashions vary throughout the world, but this is the High Middle Ages we're talking about here.
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