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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Norwich (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1720s-1730s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather sole, with worsted wool upper, and matching unglazed wool on the heel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr E. Saville Burrough and Mrs Woods

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.510, 511-1928

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

In the first half of the 18th century elegant footwear became prominent in the language of display. A glimpse of a fine shoe might appear beneath a flowing gown when the wearer sat down, walked or danced. This shoe has a fashionable thick, waisted heel and a prow-shaped toe. The bright yellow worsted wool reflects the wide range of colours and materials available. They would be used to match or complement the gown with which the shoe was worn.

Physical description

Woman's shoe, with short waisted heel and prow-shaped toe. Originally the latchets would have had a buckle fastening.

Place of Origin

Norwich (possibly, made)


1720s-1730s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather sole, with worsted wool upper, and matching unglazed wool on the heel


Length: 22 cm, Width: 11.5 cm, Height: 107 mm, Width: 80 mm, Depth: 220 mm

Descriptive line

Shoe, woman's; English, 1720s to 1730s


Leather; Wool


Footwear; Accessories; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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