Pair of woman’s shoes - ROM2008_9803_6

ROM2008_9803_6

Pair of woman’s shoes

Medium:Silk brocaded lampas lined with linen tabby; piped band of white kidskin around sole
Geography: England
Date: c. 1750
Dimensions:
11 x 21.5 x 10 cm
Object number: 921.2.23.A-B
Credit Line: The Greig Collection of ladies' shoes, Gift of H. and C. Blachford Ltd.
Not on view
Description

Delicate 18th-century silk shoes were an important status symbol. Both left and right uppers were cut from one pattern piece that enabled scraps of expensive textiles to be economically used. The upper and lining were sewn together with abrasive seams turned inside. These were then attached to a leather insole, the sole and the heel. All were assembled by stretching, nailing and stitching over a wooden last. Final fit was achieved with buckles at the instep.

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