THE 19th CENTURY – Modesty and Technology
|Red silk Victorian shoes, c. 1870. Courtesy of the Vienna Museum.|
|1860s satin boots|
|Shoes; Armenian; 19th century; Metropolitan Museum|
|Evening Boots 1885, French, Made of silk|
|Rare Victorian Era Ritter road-skates or foot bicycles. 1898.|
While this allowed many people to afford better quality shoes for less money, it also set the stage for “couturier” shoemakers to cater to the elite. Paris-based shoemaker Francois Pinet is generally credited with being the first important “bottier.” His costly made-to-order boots and shoes were the perfect ornamentation to a Worth or Redfern gown, whilst at the same time excelling in quality construction and fit.
|Boots by Jean-Louis François Pinet (1880s)~Image via Bata Shoe Museum|
|Hellstern and Sons | Shoes | French | The Met 1870s|
|Women's evening boots, 1865. Royal blue cotton sateen boots with white stitching|
THE 20th CENTURY – The Shoe Revealed!
By 1914, skirt lengths had begun to shorten and were sometimes cut in such a way as to make the ankle clearly visible. Boots started to fall from favour for evening wear with some exceptions. These were “Grecian” or “Tango” boots with decorative cutouts or strap arrangements.
|Stunning vintage wedding dresses to go on display at the V&A|
|Shoes 1914, French, Made of leather and silk|
|Slippers Hellstern and Sons (French) Date: 1911 Culture:French Medium: silk…|
|Beaded Lace Up Shoes - c. 1910 - @~ Mlle|