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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1805-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather and silk velvet with a ribbon tie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the beginning of the 19th century more practical and comfortable men's shoes were becoming fashionable. This pair of velvet shoes typifies the requirement that men's footwear should be easier to wear than the long pointed shoes favoured before the turn of the century. They have a higher tongue, rounded toe and latchet ties high over the instep, but the velvet from which they are made and the low, wedge-shaped heel add a touch of style.

Physical description

Pair of men's shoes with velvet uppers, rounded toes and a wedge shaped heel. Leather and silk velvet with a ribbon tie (ribbon not original).

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1805-1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather and silk velvet with a ribbon tie

Descriptive line

Pair of men's shoes, made in Great Britain, 1805-1810


Leather; Silk (textile)




Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Men's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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