By the early 1900's, foot binding fell somewhat out of fashion with the upper social classes of Han Chinese women, especially in the north. With various degrees of success and a lot of pain, a few brave women chose to have their feet re-broken and reset into a more natural size and shape. This pair of boots belonged to one such woman.
Hand made using black silk fabric, and the old traditional methods, these boots are detail with embroidery on each side of the vamp with butterflies toward the heel and a floral design toward the toe. This pair of woman's boots are small for a normal sized foot but they are not lotus shoes for bound feet. They are 8 inches long at the soles and approximately 6 inches high. They show some wear but are in generally good condition.