Today, only a small number of museums have examples of chopines. The debut of chopines occurred during the Renaissance in Venice and Spain. Chopines were inspired by footwear of the Near East where Venice had holdings and a thriving trade. Highly impractical, the chopine's primary purpose was to elevate the wearer's status both figuratively and in actuality. The high platform was perfectly suited for extravagant and expensive embellishment that could further proclaim emphasis status. This treasured pair features silk velvet covered wooden platforms ornamented with silver lace, silver tacks and an upper of ruched silk, edged with silver lace, and finished with a silk tassel.