Woman's black leather sport shoes, 1913-1918. The tongue is marked in pen "B. Frederick, VZ, 6C." A similar pair is shown in the 'Ladies Home Journal', 1913. These shoes might have been worn with a Women's Service Corps uniform. Label: [stamped on sole] "Essex Shed-Wet"
Black sateen-covered canvas bathing shoes, American, 1915-1918. The shoes are trimmed with a band of white leather around the top and down the sides of front openings, laced with round white cotton lacing, and have canvas soles.
Brown wool cycling suit, American, 1896-98. A past time originally dominated by men, bicycling became more acceptable for women after Queen Victoria bought bicycles for her daughters. By the 1890s, clothing to be worn while cycling was being produced. This particular ensemble features a bifurcated skirt that allowed the rider a more comfortable ride while also giving the modest appearance of a skirt at front. This suit also includes a pair of gaiters, which provided protection for the legs.
Hellstern & Sons (France, Paris) Pair of Woman's Bar Shoes, circa 1918 Costume/clothing accessory/footwear, Silk satin, leather, 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (24.13 x 6.98 x 11.43 cm) each From the Collection of Mme. Ganna Walska, gift of Hania P. Tallmadge (M.86.411.262a-b)