In the 1840s fashionable daywear included small, half-height boots with increasingly wider and longer skirts. In England these boots were called "Adelaides", after the wife of Great Britain's King William IV. These narrow, half-height boots are made of brown-rose wool satin and their flat heel is laminated with a segment of leather. The toecap with flattened top is trimmed with black leather. A centre seam on the instep proceeds from shaft to toecap. The lacing, underlaid with a tongue, lies laterally on the inside and runs through ten eyelets, bordered with silk. All edges are trimmed with grey-brown silk ribbon. The inner sole is lined in glove leather and the rest of the boot is lined in white linen.


  • Title: Women's Ankle Boots
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1850
  • Stylistic point of origin: England
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1987, Portobello Market London, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Physical Dimensions: h13.5 x d24.5 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Shoes
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Satin weave brown-rose wool, black painted leather, bronze coloured silk ribbons, brass eyelets; lining: plain weave natural coloured linen, heel: leather, outer sole: leather

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