These women’s shoes made of light blue silk display the elongated toe-cap typical of the first half of the century, which ends in a slightly upward-pointing tip, as well as a raised instep flap the centre of which is equipped with a decorative metal edging. The folds of the l-shaped upper portions fold down, one upon the other and, as is clearly visible from the remaining needle punctures, were originally affixed with a shoe buckle. All edges and seams are bordered in light blue, silk twill ribbon for reinforcement. The moderately high, block-shaped heel is covered with silk. The promenade, or outdoor stroll, was more popular in Britain than on the European mainland, and shoes of this type were most commonly worn in England. The rustic chequered linen lining contrasts with the elegant exterior of the shoe.


  • Title: Women's Shoes with Braided Trim
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1730 - 1740
  • 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; 1999 Antique market, London, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Place of origin: England
  • Physical Dimensions: h12.5 x d24 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Heel: 6.5 cm
  • Type: Shoes
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Plain weave grey-blue silk, silk ribbon in twill weave; trim: metal edging, silk, yellow, metal weave; lining: white glacé leather, blue and white chequered linen, plain weave yellow silk, brown leather; outer sole: brown leather

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