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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1810-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Kid leather, lined with calico

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss M. Lee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1810-1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Kid leather, lined with calico

Marks and inscriptions

'BORSLEY / maker / Hanway House / HANWAY STREET / Oxford Street' [in an oval]
Printed on a label in the right shoe


Length: 24 cm, Length: 9.5 in

Descriptive line

Pair of women's kid leather shoes, England, 1810-1820


Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Textiles; Women's clothes; Leather; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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