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Editorial Reviews for Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era

Have you seen the editorial reviews for Treasures Afoot?"In this lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched book, Kimberly Alexander tells the fascinating, hitherto untold story of the shoe in early America—of the cordwainers who made them, the...
From: SilkDamask on 2 Feb 2019

Breathtaking Bespoke Boots, c. 1890s

I have written about these bodacious boots before (, but had the opportunity to view them in person as part of the “Fashion Victims” exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum...
From: SilkDamask on 22 Dec 2018

Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Image, Strawbery Banke; Photograph, Ellen McDermottShoes reveal the hopes, dreams, and disappointments of the early Americans who wore them. In Treasures Afoot, Kimberly S. Alexander introduces readers to the history...
From: SilkDamask on 6 Apr 2018

More Red Georgian Shoes

Red silk satin pumps, possibly worn in New Hampshire, c. 1780sMoffatt-Ladd House and Garden, Colonial Dames, Portsmouth, New Hampshire These vibrant red pumps were probably made in London and are similar in style to shoes by London...
From: SilkDamask on 13 Oct 2017

17th Century shoes discovered in attic

The flat metal ring below the shoe created a platform of several inche‎s.Photo: Hansons Auctioneers. More Here: Image edited by author.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 26 May 2017

Georgian Shoes in Transition

After a five year search, I recently became the proud owner of a pair of charming and delicate Boston-made, Neoclassical slip-on shoes. The silk satin shoes feature embroidery at toe and are a good example of a ‘transitional’ shoe –...
From: SilkDamask on 28 Apr 2017

Pattens in the 18th Century – a sensible way of keeping dresses off the filthy streets.

Pattens from circa 1720, shown courtesy of the V&A More Here At: Georgian Gentleman
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 23 Apr 2017


More at: Dressing The New World
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 22 Jan 2017

Snappy Victorian Button Boots by Atelier Louette-Finner

Fun, fresh and contemporary low-heeled button boots, circa late 1870s-1880s, by Belgian shoe and bootmakers, atelier Louette-Finner. The black and white check upper contrast with the black lower, giving the appearance of a spat or overshoe. It is the...
From: SilkDamask on 24 Nov 2016

Breathtaking Bespoke Boots, c. 1890s

Oh my! I have written about these bodacious boots before (Here), but last week had the opportunity to view them in person as part of the “Fashion Victims” exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, on view through January 2017. (
From: SilkDamask on 21 Oct 2016


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From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 20 Aug 2016

A Victorian Favorite: Special Occasion Shoes by Viault-Este, Paris

Such pretties -- a wedding shoe and a dancing slipper of silk, satin, ribbons, lace, and leather, c. 1860. They were manufactured by Viault-Este, a prolific mid-19th century French shoe concern.  Note the wear marks on the footbed. They joined...
From: SilkDamask on 12 Aug 2016

Silk Brocade Shoes “For Exportation”

These dainty silk brocade shoes were made by London boot and shoemaker, Charles Chapman and exported to British America. While we do not know who owned them –the provenance has been lost—they were most likely worn in New England.  The...
From: SilkDamask on 2 Jul 2016

A Pair of Festive Silk Brocade Pinet Evening Shoes

Collection of the authorPhoto, K. Alexander These elegant Francois Pinet (1817-1897) evening pumps, c. 1920 are included in my (very) modest study collection.  (The business continued after the senior Pinet died.) They feature a festive,...
From: SilkDamask on 30 May 2016

Inspired by 1775 Embroidery Patterns: The Lady's Magazine Stitch-Off

The Lady’s Magazine project (housed at Kent University) recently embarked upon a major undertaking – a stich-off! While there are many different aspects to this multi-faceted project, I was intrigued by the appearance of a 1775 embroidery...
From: SilkDamask on 1 Apr 2016

Mrs. Abigail Norman Price & Her Exquisite Evening Shoes

Ahhh – these elegant evening shoes, were made in Paris and worn by American Abigail Kinsley Norman Prince (1860-1949). As with many wealthy women of the time, she travelled to Paris, visiting the fashion houses and acquiring the latest in French...
From: SilkDamask on 11 Feb 2016

Red Pumps With Moosehair Embroidery, 1850-1875

Red shoes -- what is it about red shoes? No matter what the style or the era or material - they hold our interest, perhaps more so than any other footwear (except maybe Cinderella's glass slippers.) I recently came across this intriguing pair of mid...
From: SilkDamask on 15 Jan 2016

6 Fascinating Finds from the London Wreck, 1665. A Link.

Showing the layers of a dipped candle. More at:
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 13 Aug 2015

Still the World’s Oldest Shoe

I’ve mentioned this one before, back in 2010. It’s back, now with photographs. This is an updated version of Kate Ravilious’ earlier National Pornograhic article, ‘World’s Oldest Leather Shoe Found—Stunningly Preserved‘...

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