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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather with vellum rand; modern ribbon added for the latchet fastening

  • Museum number:

    1124&A-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of fashionable and elegant women's shoes are made of plain leather. This is rather unusual, as shoemakers more commonly used plain leather for working women's shoes. The red leather heel contrasts with the dark upper. From 1675-1700 shoemakers used pointed toes for women's shoes only. This was the first major difference between fashionable footwear for men and women. Towards the end of the 17th century the pointed toe became slightly upturned, as you can see here. The white vellum rand and shaped heel were also fashionable at the time. The rand was a narrow strip of leather the shoemaker placed between the upper and the sole of the shoe.

Physical description

Pair of women's leather shoes with pointed toe and latchet and ribbon fastening.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leather with vellum rand; modern ribbon added for the latchet fastening

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm of heel, Width: 7.5 cm, Length: 22.5 cm, Height: 14 cm maximum, Height: 140 mm, Width: 75 mm, Depth: 230 mm

Descriptive line

F, c1700, English; Black leather with red leather heel

F, c1700, English; Black leather with red leather heel

Materials

Leather; Vellum

Categories

Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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