Singapore, early 20th century
Glass beads, cotton, 9 x 23.6 cm
National Museum of Singapore
Beaded shoes, also known as kasut manek, are often worn by Peranakan women to complement their sarong kebayas. The surfaces were created with colourful beads, which were then sent to a cobbler for the soles to be attached.
The styles of beaded shoes changed over the years. Flat-nose slippers were common until the 1900s. High heels like this were in fashion from the 1930s. There were designs for both men and women, featuring everything from flowers to fairy tale characters like Snow White!
What design would you choose for your own beaded shoes?
Look for the heels as part of the Anak Anak trail at the Peranakan Museum.