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Pair of boots

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1860s-1870s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather sole, and uppers of silk satin with applied silk braid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Frivolous boots of silk and silk satin, some with high heels, were imported into England from France in the 1860s and 1870s. These French styles were also imitated by English shoemakers. The French influence was due to the stylish Empress Eugenie who had married the French emperor, Napoleon III, in 1853. She was probably responsible for the introduction of the shorter skirt which led to a greater emphasis on stockings and shoes.

Additionally, by about 1860 chemical aniline dyes were widely available. Many of the colours they provided were rather gaudy. The bright yellow of this pair of boots forms a striking contrast with the black braid.

Physical description

Pair of ladies' satin boots with applied braid

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1860s-1870s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather sole, and uppers of silk satin with applied silk braid


Leather; Silk satin


Accessories; Fashion; Evening wear; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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