The Lotus Foot or Golden Lily

22 October 2014

Image of Chinese shoe"The Lotus Foot" or "Golden Lily": In China, a girl normally began to have her feet bound at the ages of five and seven. Usually carried out by her mother, the process was often extremely painful, lasting for about two years. The aim was to pull all but the big toe under the foot until the foot resembled a half moon. A shoe size of three inches was the most highly desired. In fact the smaller the foot the more erotic it was said to be. The little shoes worn were very beautiful to look at, highly ornate, with jewels and intricate embroidery.