Pair of shoes, England, Britain (made) ca. 1700, Materials: Leather with vellum rand; modern ribbon added for latchet fastening. These elegant women's shoes are made of plain leather. This is rather unusual, as shoemakers more commonly used plain leather for working women's shoes. The red leather heel contrasts with the dark upper. From 1675-1700 shoemakers used pointed toes for women's shoes only. This was the first major difference between fashionable footwear for men and women.
Shoes, Great Britain, 1790s, Leather. Shoe styles gradually became simpler during the 1780s, a change that was accelerated by the French Revolution. Conspicuous symbols of wealth, such as the extravagant buckles and high heels of earlier shoes, were no longer appropriate. Women's shoes were also known as slippers. These have broad flattish heels, long pointed toes and a low U-shaped throat. Simple but elegant, they were made from a wide range of beautiful colored leathers
Jantzen (American, founded 1910). Beachwear, 1955. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jantzen, 1955 (2009.300.208a, b) | As opposed to earlier versions of the bathing suit, later designs such as this ensemble with a separate skirt were more close-fitting and showed the wearer's skin, as getting a tan was part of the beach-going experience.