|Shoes from 1742 (on the left) and 1731 (on the right)|
|These early 18th century shoes have it all:|
embroidery, buckles and high block heels.
Since the materials used were not made to withstand to mud and ordure of the street, the Georgian woman about town would slip a pair of clogs on over her shoes, in order to protect them.
|This is one example of a type of over shoe.|
The wearer slipped their more delicate slipper into the thong.
The metal hoop raised the lady above mud and street filth.
|Shoes from 1700 - 1720|
Silk damask lined with kid leather.
A good example of a fashionable, Louie heel.
|This shoe from around 1770- 1785 shows the smaller lighter heel,|
reminiscent of a modern kitten heel.
|The flat, pump type shoe, secured with ribbons peek from|
beneath the hem of this elegant lady's gown.
|King Louis XIV of France -|
heels and all
|Detail from King Louis XIV's portrait showing red heels, buckles and bows.|
|At the end of the 18th century, as men's clothes|
became less flamboyant, so did their shoes.