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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1720s-1730s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, leather, wood, silver-gilt; hand-woven and hand-stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss C. E. Keddle

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ladies could have worn richly trimmed or embroidered shoes such as these with several different garments. Indoor shoes for women were usually made of patterned silk although it was very rare for them to match the fabric of the gown worn with them. The criss-cross and parallel lines of embroidery look like the designs on quilted petticoats that women wore with the fashionable open-fronted gowns. Broad bands of silver-gilt braid became popular in the 1730s and 1740s. These shoes would have been fastened with a buckle. The toe curves upwards rather like the prow of a ship.

Physical description

A pair of women's shoes of pink satin with medium heel and upwards pointed, curving toe. The quarters and sides of the upper are embroidered with blanket stitch in parallel lines echoing the shape of the shoe. A wide strip of woven lace (braid) with yellow silk warp and silver-gilt thread weft is applied on the centre of the upper. The sole is brown leather and the wooden heel is covered with the pink satin, embroidered in satin stitch in a diaper pattern. The edges of the upper and quarter are bound with pink silk grosgrain ribbon. The tongue is lined with yellow silk taffeta. The latchets have no eyelets or holes for ribbon and appear too short for buckles.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1720s-1730s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, leather, wood, silver-gilt; hand-woven and hand-stitched

Descriptive line

A pair of women's shoes, 1720-40, British; Embroidered pink satin with applied silver-gilt braid, heeled


Leather; Silk (textile); Silver-gilt thread; Wood


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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