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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, uk (made)

  • Date:

    1960s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rayne (manufacturer)
    Wedgwood (ornaments, maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, jasperware and leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation

  • Museum number:

    T.360:1, 2-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of evening shoes in black silk satin with a Wedgwood heel.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, uk (made)


1960s (made)


Rayne (manufacturer)
Wedgwood (ornaments, maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, jasperware and leather


Height: 130 mm, Width: 76 mm, Depth: 210 mm

Descriptive line

Pair of evening shoes in silk satin with a Wedgwood heel, manufactured by Rayne, Great Britain, 1960s

Exhibition History

(Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 13/06/2015-31/01/2016)

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
The invention of the steel spike in the mid 1950s led to the use of innovative and unconventional materials to create heels. The steel spike through the centre of the heel supported the weight of the wearer. Perspex, wood and even Wedgwood ceramics were adopted by the label H. & M. Rayne to create different shapes and textures. These loose heels were probably samples used to test ideas in various materials.
Shoes with ceramic heels
H. & M. Rayne and Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd
Silk satin, jasperware and leather
V&A: T.360&A-1996


Silk; Leather



Subjects depicted



Footwear; Fashion; Formal wear; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Collection code


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