Silk evening slippers with fly fringe trim, British, 1845-65. Ladies' shoes of the mid 19th century are often very plain, as the long skirts of the period seldom afforded much attention to the details of the feet. Trim, if any, tended to be focused at the toe, which might have occasion to peek out beneath the hem. The fringe trim on this pair of slippers is thus somewhat unusual. Likewise, the toe seen here is more rounded than one typically finds.
Mourning evening slippers by Melnotte, Tiny black slippers were de rigueur in the fashionable mid-Victorian lady's wardrobe. Black shoes were felt to go with anything, hence the most versatile and dependable choice of footwear to have on hand. Slippers of this type are most commonly found in satin, so the faille fabric of this unworn pair is unusual - France c.1845-1865 - The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Shoes Date: 1840–49 Culture: American Medium: cotton, leather Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 10 in. (6.4 x 25.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969 Accession Number: 2009.300.1591a–d
Evening Slippers: ca. 1830-1845, American (probably), silk. "Simple flat satin slippers were the most popular evening and formal shoe for women throughout the first half of the 19th century. While the various forms of bows and rosettes used as trimming changed, the basic cut of the shoe varied only slightly, with gradual modifications in the toe shape, the shape depth of the throat, and the width of the sole...