What kind of feathers are on Curley's wife shoes?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ostrich feathers. The notation is in Chapter Five.

wordist | Student

Ostrich feathers. And the shoe style was someting called "mule."

Wikipedia: "Mule, a French word, is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height - from flat to high. The style is predominantly (but not exclusively) worn by women.[citation needed]

The term derives from the Ancient Roman mulleus calceus a red or purple shoe worn by the three highest magistrates,[1] although there is little indication of any structural resemblance."

From OMM, p.26....

[[Both men (George and Lennie) glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers. "I'm lookin' for Curley," she said. Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality.]]