Today on Closet Histories we are taking a quick look at ladies shoes of the 18th century. Overall, 18th century shoes can be characterized by a curvy heel, pointed toe and latchet fronts that either tied shut or were closed with shoe buckles. The shoes below are in order from earliest (1700's) to latest (1790's) and show the general progression of ladies shoes in 18th century Europe (and by extension the colonies, aka America).
|1740, Albany Institute of History and Art|
|1740-1749, Powerhouse Museum|
|1780, Shoe Icons|
I just had to include this last pair from the mid 1790's, mostly because they feature a new invention of the time, hot air balloon flights! Also the design is entirely beaded, which is something I have never seen before.
I don't consider myself a shoe expert by any means, for more information on 18th century shoes I must point you in the direction of Lauren from American Duchess. She has studied 18th century shoes extensively as she has her own line of reproduction historical shoes! I dream about owning several pairs, one day when I have a good job, she is going to get a huge order from me!
That's all from me today, have a good Thursday everyone!
All of the information for this post has been gathered from the textbook Survey of Historic Costume (5th edition) by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eurbank, from the links above or my own knowledge. I want to share the resources I come across with all of you as much as possible. The portraits used to illustrate today's post are credited to either the museum where they reside (whenever possible) or the source where I found them, and are linked via their fig. # underneath. Again I repeat my disclaimer that I am not a historian, and if you have corrections or additions for this post, please begin the discussion in comments as I would love to learn more!