This pair of antique Victorian Civil War era black leather quilted wool winter high top lace-up boots date from the 1860s. They are made of a black wool quilted stitched fabric, with a black patent leather toe and heel trim.
Slippers, 1790–1810. European. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1954 (2009.300.1474a, b)
A pair of women's tie shoes, which would have been expensive when they were first made. The uppers are made of white leather and embellished with green silk braid, and a wide gold briad down that centre, now tarsnished, which woud have glittered gold in the light. Their high qulaity and luxurious materials meant they were only worn indoors. 17th century
"There is really nothing in the world that can compare with red shoes!" - Hans Christian Anderson, 'The Red Shoes', 1845 It was this week in 1948 that the cinematic translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Red Shoes’ was released. Ballerina Victoria is presented with an impossible choice... See the original @freedoflondon