Top: An extremely tall Venetian chopine made from wood covered in white leather with minimal ornamentation. Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum. Above: A closer view of wooden Venetian chopines covered in leather, circa Via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A chopine is a type of women's platform shoe that was popular in the and centuries. Chopines were originally used as a patten, clog, or overshoe to protect the shoes and dress from mud and street soil.