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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1830-1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, lined with kid leather, linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by C. M. Buckney, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

As skirts became wider and shorter during the 1830s attention focussed on the foot and ankle. Brightly coloured silk shoes complemented the richness of the gown, often matching the sash or the long fluttering ribbons worn in the hat. They came in a wide variety of colours, including the ‘canary yellow’, ‘palm-leaf green’ and ‘marshmallow blossom’. Delicate bows and rosettes enhanced the daintiness of the shoe and foot.

Due to their fragility, silk ‘slippers’ were usually reserved for indoor wear, evening dress or special occasions. Looking at these examples it is not difficult to see why. Although the toes are lined with linen and the back of the upper with kid, they were clearly not made to last. Some writers complained that silk shoes became distorted and ugly after a few days wear. They were also probably uncomfortable as the toes are narrow, square and very shallow.

Physical description

Pair of heel-less shoes of yellow silk satin with a shallow square toe rounded at the sides. Trimmed with a ribbon bow. Lined with kid leather and the name of the owner is inscribed on the inside. The shoes have a linen insole and leather sole.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1830-1835 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, lined with kid leather, linen

Marks and inscriptions

'RIGHT 656' and 'LEFT 656'
Written on one shoe, and the next quote on the other shoe


Length: 15.5 in each

Descriptive line

Pair of silk satin shoes, Great Britain, 1830-1835


Fashion; Footwear; Women's clothes; Accessories; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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