One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high-heeled slipper or light shoe.
mule, moccasin, house shoeView synonyms
- ‘These, too, were worn inside another shoe, or pantofle, to protect them.’
- ‘He stood in his felt pantofles and regarded her with shrewd eyes.’
- ‘The pantofle was removed indoors, particularly while dancing, so that one could ' trip light-footed '.’
- ‘Out-of-doors, well-to-do Elizabethans wore two pairs of shoes, an inner slipper and the outer shoe (pantofle), which required some practice to keep on while walking.’
- ‘From the late 15th to the mid 17th century, overshoes shaped like mules, called pantofles, were worn to protect the front of the shoes.’
Late 15th century: from French pantoufle.
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