5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Shoes (Pianelle)

This is a 360-degrees QTVR of Renaissance shoes.

Click your mouse pointer within the image, hold the left mouse button down
and drag left or right to rotate the object.

Originally a form of backless overshoe called 'pianelle' they were sometimes worn alone. No distinction was made between the left and the right foot in the shape of the shoe. Although these shoes have a small platform, they are low compared to the extremely high ones fashionable in Venice at the time.

Shoes (Pianelle)
Late 16th century, Italy, probably Venice
Wood covered with velvet, with gilded and stamped leather inner sole, and gilded silver braid and bobbin lace; holes for lacing.
V&A: 929-1901 and 929A-1901