Boots of Empress Maria Fyodorovna. Maria Feodorovna (1847 – 1928), was a Danish princess who became Empress of Russia as spouse of Emperor Alexander III of Russia. Among her children was the last Russian monarch, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, whom she outlived by ten years. 1880s (Collection of the State Hermitage)
Shoes: ca. 17th century, Swedish (on loan from Skoloster Castle, Sweden). "The architecture of this shoe is highly idiosyncratic. The shoemaker made a sole by combining elements of a chopine with a high heel and he made an upper that combines a shoe and a mule. It seems that the shoemaker was attempting to merge the extreme elevation offered by the chopine with the up-to-the-minute fashion of high heels. The resultant shoes are a remarkable statement of ostentatious display."
Designation: Shoes Technique and material: Hand-made of hand woven fabrics in silk and linen, hand embroidered with silk yarn, glued and plugged hælflikk sole of leather. Manufacturer: Unknown Produced in: Unknown Dating: Approx. In 1770 Acquisition: Gift 1879 Identification.: OK 04268
Shoes, c. 1928, Europe, the Bowes Museum. -- The reason this shoe style is important in my opinion, is that if you remove the ornate tab they are basically the precursor to shoes that would be nearly the daily uniform for women until the end of the 1940's, (and beyond). Great shape to these.