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Only one of this pair of shoes survives. It effectively combines shoe and patten (overshoe) in one, so raising the foot off the ground but remaining sufficiently elegant to be considered genteel.

This type of shoe was very practical but not to everyone’s taste. In 1840 The Shoemaker described it as going out of fashion partly because it looked 'masculine for the chaster taste of the wearer'.

Details

  • Title: Shoe
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1805/1820
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 25.0 cm, Width: 6.4 cm, Height: 8.3 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Messrs Faulkner and Son
  • Medium: Leather, with laced tie (lace not original)

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