Long, pointed extensions to shoes worn by men of fashion in the mid-15c (something like the winkle-pickers of the 1950s). Pikes were worn throughout Europe, but were considered outrageous enough for the pope, in 1468, to forbid pikes longer than two inches. Pikes almost a foot long were not unknown. Like much fashion, part of their purpose was to demonstrate and flaunt impracticality: such shoes would have been useless, even dangerous, in battle or at a joust. Men of the court were displaying their distance from men of action or soldiers. At that time, a firepike was what we call a poker. [< OldEngl. pic = a pointed tool] -

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