Pair of women’s symmetrical shoes - ROM2010_11339_3

ROM2010_11339_3

Pair of women’s symmetrical shoes

Maker: Hoppe
Medium:Stencilled kid leather
Geography: London, England
Date: 1790-1805
Dimensions:
5.4 x 26 x 8 cm
Object number: 976.199.43.A-B
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry P. Kendall
Not on view
Description. Stencilled kid leather. London, England. 1790 –1805. At the turn of the 18th century, the fashion for flat shoes or sandals followed Neoclassical taste. Shoes without heels were considered more natural and healthy than shoes with heels, though some critics and doctors considered the thin soles and slipper shape unsuitable for the damp and cool climate of Europe. At this time shoes were still made on a single last with no differentiation between left and right – until they were worn.
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