Pumps

Date: 1873

Culture: French

Medium: silk, metal thread

Dimensions: Length: 10 in. (25.4 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Stewart Waller, 1950

Accession Number: C.I.50.12.1a, b

Description

In the first half of the nineteenth century, women's shoes and boots with flat soles were fashionable, but mules and slippers with heels had returned as a popular style by the 1870s. Embroidery, beading, ribbon- and canvas work are techniques that frequently appear on surviving shoes from this period. The rich colors of this exquisite French example attest to the widespread use of aniline dyes by the second half of the nineteenth century.

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