Blue leather boots, European, 1795-1810. Boots began to become fashionable for women in the last quarter of the 18th century, but their use was limited primarily to riding and driving. The peculiar wrap-around leg on this example is specific to this period and extremely rare. Although not well-fitted enough to provide a particularly secure fastening to the foot, the wrapped leg may have been intended to provide superior protection from dust and moisture than the standard laced closure.
Woman's Shoes about 1815-1820 Original Owner:Originally owned by Lucy Kirby Beckley , American, 1800 - 1876 Shoemaker:Made by Unknown Hand-stitched silk satin, lined with plain-woven linen and cotton, with leather sole and metallic sequins and embroidery with coiled metallic wire