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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather sole, covered wooden heel, and satin trimmed with silk braid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Alfred Reynolds

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 54, case 2 []

Object Type
This shoe illustrates the gradual changes in the style of women's footwear in the early 18th century. The square toe characteristic of the 1670s had evolved into a pointed toe by 1710. In the late 17th century the sides of the shoe were open, but they were closed by the beginning of the 18th. However, the distinctive white rand (the narrow band of white kid around the edge of the sole) characteristic of the late 17th century remains.

Materials & Making
The upper of this shoe is composed of green silk, which envelops the heel as well. The shoe is lined with white leather and beige silk. A narrow braid of green silk covers the upper in parallel lines. The decoration is very similar to a shoe in the V&A made in the 1670s. However, the design here is more rectilinear and geometric.

Physical description

Satin shoe with silk braid, leather sole

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather sole, covered wooden heel, and satin trimmed with silk braid


Height: 13.5 cm, Width: 24.2 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Object history note

Made in England

Descriptive line

Woman's shoe

Labels and date

British Galleries:

In the 17th century all shoes were 'straights', not shaped for the left or right foot. Fashionable men and women wore moderately high heels indoors. Rich silks and velvets were decorated with exquisite embroidery or braids and fastened with ribbons. French styles were popular after 1660, like the squared toe. Later, a long, pointed shape with closed sides became fashionable, like that of the green shoe. [27/03/2003]


Silk satin; Silk braid; Leather




Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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