A crackowe is a shoe that William II introduced during the Medieval Era. It was pointed toe which remained popular and became more exaggerated over the next 300 years. These long toed shoes were fashionable for men and lengths for these shoes were eventually legislated by sumptuary laws. Young men would stuff wool and moss into the pointed extensions to keep them erect and soon the style began to include chains that attached to the knee in order to prevent tripping. It was at this point that the vulgar trend of painting these extensions in a flesh color began, and a favorite pastime of the younger crowd was to stand on the street and wiggle their feet suggestively at any young lady who happened by. CRACKOWE!