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Pair of Shoes

1805-1810 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather and silk velvet with a ribbon tie
Brief Description
Pair of men's shoes, made in Great Britain, 1805-1810
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).
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.440&A-1988

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record createdMarch 3, 2003
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