Pair of Shoes

1730s-1740s (made)
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Place Of Origin

This pair of women's shoes is made up of a brocaded silk woven in Spitalfields, London. Indoor shoes for women were usually made of patterned silk although it was very rare for them to match the fabric of the gown worn with them. The shoes have a fashionable pointed toe, a medium stocky heel and latchets that would have been fastened with buckles. Buckles were regarded as separate accessories and transferred from one pair of shoes to another.

The shoes are complemented by the velvet pattens in which they sit. These pattens are described separately (see T.274B&C-1922). Lack of wear suggests that shoes like this went with a luxurious lifestyle and were perhaps worn in dry conditions, in sedan chairs or even indoors. They were really fashion accessories, without any real utilitarian value.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather, with uppers covered in brocaded Spitalfields silk and trimmed with silk ribbons
Brief Description
Pair of shoes of Spitalfields silk
Physical Description
Pair of women's shoes of Spitalfields silk with pointed toe and latchet fastening. The shoes are teamed with complementing pattens. See separate description.
Dimensions
  • Length: 23cm
  • Of soles width: 6.25cm
  • Maximum width: 10cm
  • Height: 13.5cm
Gallery Label
Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Precious Pattens These shoes of brocaded Spitalfields silk are complemented by velvet pattens (overshoes). The velvet would not have withstood any soiling, so the pattens must have been for a woman who did not need to navigate the grubby streets. They were status symbols used only indoors, or for those few steps into the waiting carriage, and proclaimed that the wearer had expensive shoes on underneath.Shoes with velvet pattens 1735–45 London Brocaded silk, velvet and leather Given by Col. F.G.G. Bailey V&A: T.274&A to C-1922(2015-2016)
Credit line
Given by Col. F. G. G. Bailey
Summary
This pair of women's shoes is made up of a brocaded silk woven in Spitalfields, London. Indoor shoes for women were usually made of patterned silk although it was very rare for them to match the fabric of the gown worn with them. The shoes have a fashionable pointed toe, a medium stocky heel and latchets that would have been fastened with buckles. Buckles were regarded as separate accessories and transferred from one pair of shoes to another.



The shoes are complemented by the velvet pattens in which they sit. These pattens are described separately (see T.274B&C-1922). Lack of wear suggests that shoes like this went with a luxurious lifestyle and were perhaps worn in dry conditions, in sedan chairs or even indoors. They were really fashion accessories, without any real utilitarian value.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
T.274&A-1922

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record createdNovember 6, 2002
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