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In Other Shoes – Turkish Harem Shoes

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At first we had difficulty in recognizing these as shoes, but after a closer look the design started making sense (notice they are placed on a mirror in the photograph). They are merely elevated slippers made from wood, and beautifully decorated! Wearing them, we imagine quite the need for balancing skills, though.

Tuxen made the following notes:

“Turkish wooden harem shoes. Bought in an antique shop in Saloniki (by the harbour) on the 16th of June, 1955, at the cost of 200 drachmas. The lady in the shop could neither read nor write, she didn’t even know numbers. The shoes are pearl and gold plated, and bear visible signs of wear and tear. Henny Harald Hansen informed me that these are harem shoes, in Greek called tsakari, and according to Hakissarantos they were often used while bathing. In Prileps, we saw women wearing them on the streets.”

To read more about Tuxen’s shoe collection, check out his biography here!

// Ciara Coogan


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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