The Regency Footwear Page, 1790-1829

Links of Interest on Other Servers

Jessamyn's Regency Shoe Page

The Bata Shoe Musuem

The Bata Shoe Musuem, Another Site

The Antique Repository's Historic Shoes for Sale

Replicas of Historical Canadian Boots, "Les Bottes Sauvage"

Williamsburg American Shoemaker, c. 1770s

A Brief History of Shoes

Woman's Shoe, c. 1732-4

Woman's Shoes, c. 1750-60 (Museum of the City of New York)

Essay on the History of Shoes, "If the Shoe Fits"

The Costume Page's Foot & Legwear Links
Details from French Fashion Print, June 1790. The print shows three shoes and a leg with stockings with yellow clocks, an embroidered garter and a shoe on the foot. All four shoes have low heels, one less pointed of a heel than the others. All four shoes are trimmed fairly elaborately.
Detail of shoe [color enhanced to show detail] from portrait of Mademoiselle Rosalie Duthé (c. 1792) by Henri-Pierre Danloux (Staaliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe). The stockings have an unusual clock of yellow and white. The toe of the shoe appears to be more blunt than other shoes of the period. Compare to the French shoes of 1790, above. The heel is much lower. There is some faint suggestion of trim on the toe.
Detail, English Fashion Plate, 1795. These "Roman" sandals are very similar to modern sandals made of leather straps. Note a slight heel is still popular for evening shoes.
Detail, English Caricature, 1800. Note the clocks on the ankles of the stockings (faint here) and the elaborate ribbon. Both are designed to highlight the ankle which was a provocative erotic sight for men at the time. "Well turned ankles" were considered highly desirable.
Man's shoe with white silk stocking and lady's black slipper, from Le Beau Monde February of 1807.


See also the real turkish slippers, c. 1798-1806 provided by permission of Joanne Haug. Also, look at the V&A's pink kid slippers, c. 1790s, and men's Wellington Boots, c. 1820s.

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