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Slippers

Date:
1790–1810
Culture:
European
Medium:
leather, silk, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1954
Accession Number:
2009.300.1474a, b
Not on view
Sharply pointed slippers with tiny heels were the prevalent style in the 1790s and 1800s. This pair features the red Morocco leather much favored at the time and a tiny heart-shaped buckle threaded with silk twist to form a jaunty tassel. Particularly notable to shoes of this period is the distinctive shape of the sole with its wide ball and narrow waist. Tiny, meticulous stitching in contrasting thread accents the deeply wedged heel.
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