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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1730s-1740s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen canvas, embroidered with wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Margaret Litchfield

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of women's shoes have linen canvas uppers. They are embroidered with flowers in coloured wools in cross stitch and tent stitch. This was a period when fashionable shoes often echoed the pattern of the dress with which they were worn. The shoes have pointed toes and a short, waisted heel that is made of wood and covered with leather. The latchets (straps that fastened across the instep) were originally fastened with buckles. Buckles were separate items and owners often transferred them from one pair of shoes to another. This is why so many pairs of shoes have survived without buckles, as in this case.

Physical description

Pair of women's shoes, linen canvas embroidered with coloured wools in cross stitch and tent stitch, with short heel and latchet fastening.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1730s-1740s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen canvas, embroidered with wool


Length: 23 cm, Width: 8.5 cm, Height: 13 cm

Labels and date

Blue shoe embroidered with coloured wools
British, 1730-1750
Museum no. T.117-1933
Given by Mrs. Margaret Litchfield [2007]


Linen; Wool


Footwear; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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