Korean traditional flower shoes are called Hwahye. Hwa is a generic term for any type of footwear and hye means a short version of shoes that don't cover the ankle.
There were over 20 different types of Hwahye shoes that were worn during the Joseon dynasty and they indicated a persons status and varied according to someones age, social class and gender.
|A good use for the old rubber shoes|
As the Joseon Dynasty social hierachy crumbled in the early 1900's and Korea began to become more globalized in their outlook and customs the need for the different varieties of Hwahye became less necessary and during the 1930's the Hwahye shoes made way for western trends and the Korean people embraced modernisation except for on special occasions such as weddings and funeral.
'Mituri' is the Hanji version of the 'hwahye' and are they're only made for decoration and as a souvenir of what was an important part of the Korean traditions during the Joseon Dynasty..
|Mituri - shoes made of paper|