Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk with satin ribbon and leather, sewn with cotton thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The elegant flat satin lady's slipper first became popular in England during the last decade of the eighteenth century. Its plain design was part of the movement in fashion away from what were considered by some to be the extravagant excesses of the late eighteenth century. The move was towards a simpler, purer style of dress and footwear that was influenced by designs from classical antiquity.

Slippers or 'sandal shoes', continued to be worn well into the mid-century although by the 1850s they were used mainly for formal wear in black or white. The shape and form of this shoe is typical of that style. The rounded toe and throat with decorative satin bow detail and thin leather sole can be found on numerous other surviving examples. However, the use of shot silk, which gives the shoe a bluish sheen, rather than a plain satin, alongside blue thread for the stitching and blue silk trim for the edges make this a more unusual adaptation of the standard type.

Physical description

Shoe, blue and cream shot silk upper with cream satin bow at throat and edges bound with blue silk; curved throat and toe, pair of folded side seams stitched with blue thread; cream leather insole and sock, pink satin lining, remnants of elastic sewn close to side seams on inside of slipper; beige leather sole, scored with cross-hatching across waist; gold flower with stem and two leaves stamped onto sole at heel and toe.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk with satin ribbon and leather, sewn with cotton thread

Marks and inscriptions

Gold flower with stem and two leaves stamped on sole at toe and heel


Height: 6 cm, Width: 6 cm, Length: 24.3 cm

Descriptive line

Shoe, F, about 1850, English; shot silk, white satin bow, blue trim and stitching


Silk; Satin; Leather; Cotton



Subjects depicted



Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; 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.