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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)
    London (sold)

  • Date:

    1855-1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Latham (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with rosettes, ribbons and elastic sewn with cotton thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Shoes with high heels were almost non-existent in women's fashions during the first part of the nineteenth century. Instead simple flat satin slippers or 'sandals' with a bow or rosette at the throat and ribbons or elastic loops to fasten them round the ankle were all the rage. However, by the 1850's the heel had begun to make a comeback.

This elegant pair of blue and white low-heeled shoes illustrates how the sandal form evolved. The satin upper with square toe and throat, decorative rosette and elastic ties are all features reminiscent of the dainty flat shoes of the early nineteenth century. However, with the addition of a small heel and some striped decoration the form is updated to something more in keeping with modern tastes.

Physical description

Pair of women's court shoes, white silk satin pumps with with single rear seam at heel; vamp decorated with strips of blue satin ribbon, large blue and white silk ribbon rosette at throat; edges bound with blue silk; loops of elastic attached to edges just back from throat; small blue satin covered heel and brown leather sole; cream leather insole and quarter lining, cream coarse linen lining to vamp.

Place of Origin

England (made)
London (sold)


1855-1865 (made)


Latham (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with rosettes, ribbons and elastic sewn with cotton thread

Marks and inscriptions

Left shoe inscribed in black ink on inner side of leather lining, '6438'.


Length: 23.3 cm each shoe, Width: 6 cm each shoe, Height: 8.5 cm each shoe

Descriptive line

Pair of women's shoes, white satin trimmed with blue silk ribbon and rosette, low heel; British, Latham, 1850s-1860s

Labels and date

16.Stripy silk shoes with square heels
England, Latham
Silk satin, silk, cotton and leather
Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd
V&A: T.562&A-1913 [2015]
White satin shoe with appliquéd blue ribbons and rosette
Latham, Oxford Street, London, about 1860
Museum number: T.562-1913
Given by Messrs. Harrods Ltd [2007]

Production Note

Latham were based at 214 Oxford Street, London


Silk satin; Ribbons; Elastic




Footwear; Accessories; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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