Complementing the Kebaya Peranakan were of course the Kasut Manek, or Beaded Shoes. These were mid-to-high heelers, covered on the front top with tiny colored beads – painstakingly and lovingly stitched into place by hand – arrayed in a variety of exquisite patterns.
These were masterpieces of art, and back in those days, were highly sought after by all ladies, regardless of age. But they were not cheap. Most of my female relatives could only afford a pair or two of these in their life-times. When matched with the Kebaya‘s – wow, you’ve got a stunning combination.
These shoes are still being made today, by specialist shops to custom orders by well-heeled connoisseurs with dainty feet.