Orthopaedic Derby ankle boot

Anonymous Cordwainer College studentc.1930s

London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion

This man’s Derby ankle boot is an example of specialist orthopaedic footwear. It dates from the 1930s and is made of leather and cork. The main construction of the boot is very shallow and raised on a split level platform heel. The shoe is a single right foot, which means that either only one was produced by a Cordwainer College student or that the other piece of the pair was not preserved because the shoe was collected as an example of an interesting construction and technique.

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  • Title: Orthopaedic Derby ankle boot
  • Creator: Anonymous Cordwainer College student
  • Fashion House: Cordwainer College
  • Date Created: c.1930s
  • Location Created: Cordwainer College, London, United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 27.5cm H: 24.5cm W: 9.5cm
  • Provenance: This object is a part of the Cordwainer College Collection held in the London College of Fashion’s Archives. The collection contains over 600 items of footwear, all of which were collected as teaching and learning aids over the life time of the Cordwainers College. The Collection covers the period from c1670 to 1990s. It consists of Western male and female footwear, examples of non-Western footwear, juvenile and orthopaedic pieces, and includes prototype, prize and exhibition footwear, lasts and tools. A number of pieces are unfinished or cut to show technical details, or show alterations or repairs.
  • Season: NA? Specialist autumn/winter wear
  • Type: Shoe
  • Photographer: Hanna Puskarz
  • Rights: LCF
  • Medium: Leather and cork
  • Collection: LCF archives
  • Bibliographic references: Cordwainer College Archives, LCF Archives


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