Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear
Wool, leather, linen
1760-1790. Shoes with latchets. Black worsted wool (possibly calamanco - there is a sheen which might be a remaining glaze), forms a moderately long vamp (toe) which comes to a point and has a slightly rounded tongue. The quarters (backs) are sewn together in back and overlap the ends of the vamp at the sides of the shoe, where they extend into latchets. These overlap on top of the tongue to close the shoe and would have been held together with a removable buckle when worn. All edges are bound with twill tape. The continuous leather sole incorporates a low fabric-covered Italian heel, and is undifferentiated left from right. Lined with linen. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.
Length: 27.3 cm / 10.75 in.
Width: 8.3 cm / 3.25 in.
Heel height: 2.2 cm / 0.875 in.
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women's shoes (footwear), 1760-1790, Shoes, Latchets, Worsted wool, Black (color), Removable buckle, Twill tape, Leather sole, Fabric-covered heel, Italian heel, Linen lining, Professionally made, Hand-sewn