E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Chopine (2 syl.), or Chopin.
A high-heeled shoe. The Venetian ladies used to wear high-heeled shoes like stilts. Hamlet says of the actress, Your ladyship is nearer to heaven, than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine (act ii. s. 2). (Spanish, chapin, a high cork shoe.)