probably British

An attractive design employing a light colored cotton upper with a boldly contrasting leather tip detailed in white chain stitching highlights these demure slippers. This style remained fashionable for some time; although seen here with a rounded point toe and wedge heel, another example from the collection (2009.300.1473a, b) features the sharply pointed toe and tiny waisted heel of the previous two decades. The heel, nicely repeating the leather of the tip, shows the gradual transition to the completely flat styles which appeared by the end of the 1810s.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Date: ca. 1812

Culture: probably British

Medium: cotton, leather, silk

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: 2009.300.1466a, b

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.

Kyoto Costume Institute. "Revolution in Fashion," April 4, 1989–May 28, 1989.