Manchu women did not bind their feet so their footwear is distinct from the tiny shoes worn by Han women of the previous dynasty, the Ming. The high Manchu shoes were always lavishly decorated. Here, the head of the phoenix rises up in 3D, as if the bird is perching on the shoe's tip, 4 December 2010, Palace Museum, Beijing
Manchus did not bind their women's feet as the Han Chinese did in the south. Manchu women, already statuesque in height, wore towering platform shoes, embroidered with mythical birds and scrolling flora.
Pair of woman's buckle shoes English, England Dimensions 13 x x cm x 3 x 9 in.) Medium or Technique Wool embroidered with silk, linen lining, and leather heel and sole Classification Costumes Accession Number
century Qing- Manchu “flower boat” shoes—Manchu’s were forbidden to bind their girl’s feet by imperial edict. To recreate the swaying motion of ladies with bound feet, they created flower boat shoes. Which are still being used in Chinese opera.