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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1650s-1660s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather and watered silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Both men and women wore mules or backless slippers in the 17th century. A gentleman would have worn this pair as smart indoor leisurewear.They are now faded from the original salmon pink. This was a particularly fashionable colour in the 17th century. The shape of the heel and the pronounced square toe were both very fashionable in the middle of the 17th century.

Physical description

Pair of men's mules of watered silk, originally pink

Place of Origin

England (made)


1650s-1660s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather and watered silk


Length: 26.5 cm, Width: 8 cm, Height: 4.5 cm of heel

Descriptive line

M, 1650-70, English; Pink watered silk


Leather; Silk


Fashion; Informal wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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