poulaine

poulaine

[poo-leyn]
noun
1.
a shoe or boot with an elongated pointed toe, fashionable in the 15th century.
2.
the toe on such a shoe.
Also called crakow.


Origin:
1520–30; < Middle French Poulaine Poland (in the phrase souliers à la Poulaine shoes of Polish style); compare Anglo-French poleine

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poulaine

long, pointed, spiked shoe worn by both men and women first in the mid-14th century and then condemned by law. Crakows were named after the city of Krakow (Cracow), Pol., and they were also known as poulaines (Polish). Crakows were admired on the feet of the courtiers of Anne of Bohemia, who married Richard II of England. The exaggerated toes were imitated even in armour

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