Evening shoes


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The ankle-strap or ankle-tie shoe, as illustrated by this pair of evening shoes, was worn primarily in the late 1870s and 1880s. Slippers with comparatively high backs were a trend from the 1870s, and it seems that the feature of the peaked or raised quarter may have led naturally to the ankle-tie style. Although novel and fashionable at the time, the style does not appear to have been very widely worn. Satin boots were widely worn for evening in the 1860s and early 1870s, and this hybrid style can be seen as a compromise between the boot and the slipper.

Evening shoes, silk, glass, French

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