Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Pair of slippers

Pair of slippers

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 - ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pink satin with chenille and gilt embroidery, silk lining and leather sole

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr G. Dadd

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The square-toed, flat-heeled slipper had dominated lady's shoe fashion since the 1820's. Whereas the elegant satin slippers of those years had been worn both in and out of doors the square-toed mule was used exclusively at home. The development of practical outdoor leather boots for women by the 1850's meant that slippers became an essential part of a lady's wardrobe.

Some women embroidered the ready-made uppers of their slippers themselves although it is difficult to say whether this was the case here. The number '38' is stamped onto the leather sole at the toe and this denotes its size under the French system. Although standardised sizes in shoe-making had been in existence since the seventeenth century it was only during the nineteenth century that makers began to include this information on the shoe itself.

Physical description

Pink satin slipper with square toe and throat. The upper is embroidered with green, white, pink chenille and silver thread. The insole is padded, and of cream silk, and there is a cream silk lining. The soles are of brown leather.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 - ca. 1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pink satin with chenille and gilt embroidery, silk lining and leather sole

Marks and inscriptions

Both slippers are stamped on the sole at the tip of toe.

Contents of the paper label stuck to the heel of one of the slippers.


Length: 26 cm Each slipper, Width: 6.5 cm Each slipper, Height: 6 cm Each slipper

Object history note

Registered File number 1963/1979

Descriptive line

Ladies slippers, England, ca. 1850 - ca. 1860


Satin; Chenille; Gilt thread


Embroidered; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted



Accessories; Footwear; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.