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Pair of Shoes

1800-1849 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Slippers like these were relatively cheap to produce and the middle or upper-class ladies who wore them might purchase several pairs at a time to wear over the course of a few weeks or months. This was not necessarily because they required a different pair for each outfit but rather because the lightweight soles and silk uppers of these elegant shoes were not very durable.

The square toe and throat style of ladies' slippers or 'sandle shoes' was popular from the 1820s, when it began to eclipse the earlier pointed toe and curved throat style which first came about in the 1790s. Ribbons to tie round the ankles and bows attached at the throat at the front of the shoe were a feature of this type of shoe throughout.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Silk and leather with linen lining, cream leather sock and insole and brown leather sole, cotton cord and silk ribbon ties
Brief Description
Purple silk women's slippers; English, 1800-50
Physical Description
Square toe and throat, flat heel; purple silk with purple silk bow at throat and long purple silk ribbons at each turned side seam; bound edges; cream cotton plaited cord ties at throat; cream leather insole, cream leather sock, cream linen lining; brown leather sole tapering at waist.
Dimensions
  • Each shoe length: 23cm
  • Each shoe width: 5cm
  • Each shoe height: 6.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed in ink 'Mrs L' on the inside of the left side on both shoes.
Summary
Slippers like these were relatively cheap to produce and the middle or upper-class ladies who wore them might purchase several pairs at a time to wear over the course of a few weeks or months. This was not necessarily because they required a different pair for each outfit but rather because the lightweight soles and silk uppers of these elegant shoes were not very durable.



The square toe and throat style of ladies' slippers or 'sandle shoes' was popular from the 1820s, when it began to eclipse the earlier pointed toe and curved throat style which first came about in the 1790s. Ribbons to tie round the ankles and bows attached at the throat at the front of the shoe were a feature of this type of shoe throughout.
Collection
Accession Number
1150&A-1901

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record createdJune 8, 2007
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