Platform Shoes Shaping North Korea’s New Image

July 11, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

Attempting to forge a new image for himself and his country, North Korea’s youthful supreme leader Kim Jong Un is loosening the government’s grip on how women dress allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings. The only times women had been allowed to wear pants were when they were working in factories or in the fields. Any women walking the streets in pants were subject to a police warning or a penalty. According to a young woman who defected to the South in 2004, “If caught, sometimes they would cut your pants right there in public to make it into a skirt”. North Korean women spotted wearing skinny jeans and earrings often made news


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in South Korean media because such items were known to be confiscated in the name of being too capitalist. But the trend has been visible in the past few years, and now platform shoes are in demand. Platforms ranked second out of 10 most popular items in North Korean society last year. The platforms shown to the left reportedly belonged to Kim Jong-il, who usually wore some sort of platform shoes due to his stature. Wearing of this type of footwear was commonplace hundreds of years ago as kings and nobility wore them.

Clothing isn’t the only lifestyle choice that the Kim Jong Un has reportedly eased up on: Kim apparently allows people to nosh on previously outlawed food, such as burgers and fries; encourages trips to zoos and amusement parks; and is steadily making more cell phones available.

While his father was leader, Kim Jong-il banned American-style fast food among other Western concepts, he allowed millions of his own people to starve to death, human-rights groups say. Beef is a luxury that few in North Korea could afford under any circumstances.