Pair of Shoes

1810-1820 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Place Of Origin

A 'neat' foot was the ideal in the first half of the 19th century and this pair of women's shoes - simple, narrow and elegant - would help to create the favoured image. They are made of grey kid leather with a low heel and a latchet fastening across the narrow instep.

By this period there were several ways to purchase fashionable footwear, through shops and warehouses in the big cities, or fairs and local shoemakers in the provinces and countryside. With the ever-widening market, shoemakers began to use labels, such as those on the insoles of this pair, to advertise their wares.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Kid leather, lined with calico
Brief Description
Pair of women's kid leather shoes, England, 1810-1820
Physical Description
Pair of women's grey kid leather shoes with a low heel and a long rounded toe with latchet fastening. Fairly high fronts with tags through which could be threaded a ribbon. Lined with glazed calico.
Dimensions
  • Length: 24cm
  • Length: 9.5in
Marks and Inscriptions
'BORSLEY / maker / Hanway House / HANWAY STREET / Oxford Street' [in an oval] (Printed on a label in the right shoe)
Credit line
Given by Miss M. Lee
Summary
A 'neat' foot was the ideal in the first half of the 19th century and this pair of women's shoes - simple, narrow and elegant - would help to create the favoured image. They are made of grey kid leather with a low heel and a latchet fastening across the narrow instep.



By this period there were several ways to purchase fashionable footwear, through shops and warehouses in the big cities, or fairs and local shoemakers in the provinces and countryside. With the ever-widening market, shoemakers began to use labels, such as those on the insoles of this pair, to advertise their wares.
Collection
Accession Number
T.385&A-1960

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record createdMarch 6, 2003
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