The Persian cavalry wore galesh, a kind of shoe with heels, in order to ensure their feet stayed in the stirrups. The rider would stand in the stirrups on a galloping horse and take aim. With this type of shoe they were also secure. A not disimilar shaped lower heel can be found on a Western cowboy boot.
Extraordinary and so attractive.
Indigenous footwear is always harder to date, but what I find interesting is that those few examples that exist date to the 17th century or the very end of the 16th century, when heels were being seen in the Western world in the 1590s. Considering how leather shoes can and do survive very well I find it interesting that really early examples of Persian heeled footwear has not been found in greater numbers.
Of thick brown leather, the upturned toes with a little tail, the back curved down to the heel, the lower heel of metal bound with wire, the soles of dyed donkey skin, to resemble shagreen, studded with metal studs, the inside edged with shagreen, leather lined.
Approximately toe to heel 10 in; 25 cm
Remarkable. The sole studs are rusty, but all there.
Price: on request
Ref N°: 1199
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