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These astonishing boots, c. 1870, were featured in the 2008 exhibition “HEIGHTS OF FASHION: A HISTORY OF THE ELEVATED FOOT” at the Esplanade Museum [Alberta, Canada]. So wish I had seen the installation!

Silk Damask

These astonishing boots, c. 1870, were featured in the 2008 exhibition “HEIGHTS OF FASHION: A HISTORY OF THE ELEVATED FOOT” at the Esplanade Museum...

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Victorian Boots & Shoes - Granny Boots & Shoes

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Antique Chinese Lotus Shoes for Bound Feet. How awful it must have been to wear these.

Antique Chinese Lotus Shoes for Bound Feet. How awful it must have been to wear these.

Shoe-Icons / Shoes / Lady's white kidskin shoes with red skin applique along the edge and on the strap. 1922-23

Shoes / Lady's white kidskin shoes with red skin applique along the edge and on the strap.

Une belle paire de bottes qui appartenait autrefois à l' impératrice Maria Feodorovna de la Russie, 1880

Uneasy lies the Head that Wears a Crown

ohsoromanov: “ A pair of beautiful boots which once belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, 1880 (x) ”

Pair of baby shoesPair of baby shoes, late 19th century. Silk taffeta with embroidery.

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Pair of baby shoes by late 19th century. A work from the collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor museums of San Francisco, CA.

Mostly Italian women and Venetian courtesans wore these around 1600. These particular ones were made with velvet, metal studs, and silver braids. Sounds quite contemporary, right? They were originally only used to make the women look taller, and make prostitutes stand out of the crowd....

THAT'S SO 1608

You all know how fashion design gets crazier and more intelligent and complicated as Father Time whittles his walking stick. And it would seem as if the same goes for shoes, especially if you look at any of the shows for Fashion Week anywhere lately...

British, ca 1720. This pair of women's shoes have a thick, waisted heel & a blunt pointed toe. They have ribbon-ties & the tongue has the fashionable vandyke decoration. The brocaded silk was woven in Spitalfields, London, & dates from ca.1715 to 1720. At this time shoemakers still made 'straights'. These were identical right & left shoes, which made walking difficult. If the shoemaker placed the heel incorrectly or made the angle of the heel too sharp, the wearer's weight was thrown…

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Silk brocade, English, ca. 1720 F, 1730-35, English; Ivory blue silk brocade, Van Dyke tongue. Museum Number T.446&A-1913.