10 Ridiculous Fashion Fads In European History

Chopines

These Renaissance-era platform shoes could put many modern platforms to shame with their dizzying heights. Originally designed to help women navigate muddy streets without mussing their skirts, the towering sandals soon became a status symbol. Chopines could reach heights of 20 inches, and teetering slaves to fashion would often need attendants to help steady them as they tried to walk.