"Binding the feet involved breaking the arch of the foot, which ultimately left a crevice approximately two inches deep, which was considered most desirable. It took approximately two years for this process to achieve the desired effect; preferably a foot that measured three or three and one-half inches from toe to heel."
My grandmother's feet were bound when she was very young. After her parents died, she moved from the countryside to the city to live with her aunt. Her new matriarch, with her progressive urban sensibilities, unraveled and freed her feet before a 'welcome' could be muttered or suitcase emptied.
Luckily, her meatplates (love this term. can't/won't stop saying- sorry!) never blossomed into deformed golden lotuses. However, if you looked at them closely, you could see that her toes overlapped each other and were a little pointed, much like a ballerina's.
The grisly practice of foot binding makes me wonder if modern corporal augmentations for the sake of vanity and eroticism will one day end up on the barbaric practices list.
BTW, what's with all the feet posts as of late? Don't worry, I'm NOT developing a new fetish.