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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1640s-1650s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr H. J. Fillmore

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a woman's walking shoe. It is very worn and distorted but it has features that were fashionable from about 1640-1660. These include a blunt toe, a small side opening and latchet fastening for ribbons. A latchet was a strap that fastened across the instep with either a ribbon or a buckle. Its blackened appearance suggests that it is probably a 'chimney' shoe.
Shoes are frequently associated with good luck. For example, they are often tied on the back of a wedding car or carriage. Pairs of shoes have often been found concealed in buildings, usually in a chimney but sometimes in the rafters or under the floorboards. Such shoes acted as a kind of talisman to protect the occupants of the house and bring them good luck.

Physical description

Woman's walking shoe, sturdy but much worn, with fashionable features- blunt toe, small side opening and latchet fastening.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1640s-1650s (made)



Materials and Techniques



Length: 24 cm, Width: 10 cm

Descriptive line

leather, F, 1640-60, English




Accessories; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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