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Slippers

Date:
1720–39
Culture:
French
Medium:
leather, silk
Dimensions:
[no dimensions available]
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Agnes Clarke, 1938
Accession Number:
C.I.38.76.5a, b
Not on view
Ladies and gentlemen at the French court in the time of Louise XIV were required to wear red leather heels – les talons rouges. The fashion soon spread to the major courts of Europe, where it was followed until the end of the eighteenth century. It is rare to find a surviving pair of shoes of this quality. Most such footwear must have been worn out and discarded; court life consisted of endless standing, since the right to sit down was rigidly governed by etiquette.
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