Pair of woman's shoes, European, 1780–85. White figured silk upper embroidered with polychrome silk and silver yarns and spangles in conventional floral sprigs on instep and along sides; pink silk satin latchets cross over square tongue (no buckle); pink silk binding at top and over side and back seams. Round toe. Pink satin covered Louis heel embroidered like upper at back, top piece. Leather sole. Plain cotton insole, green silk damask lining in floral motif. MFA, Boston
Pair of women's shoes, Spitalfields, England, ca. 1735. Such a delicate shoe was intended for indoor wear only. Dancing offered an excellent opportunity to show off elegant shoes normally hidden under petticoats.