Velvet court shoe, designer unknown

Velvet court shoe, designer unknown

Court shoe
Designer unknown
1885-90, England
Silk velvet with silk ribbon, lined with satin and leather, with diamante buckle
Museum no. T.206&C-1927
Given by the Ingram family

For much of the first half of the 19th century flat shoes were popular amongst  fashionable women. However, after a long absence heels began to make a comeback around the mid-century. Low-cut slip-on shoes or 'court' shoes were the most popular form of women's footwear during the 1880's and 1890's.

The curved construction of the heels on this brown velvet pair was influenced by the heel shapes from the previous century. It was known as the 'Louis' after the famous French kings of  the 1700s. The diamanté buckle is also a reference to the extravagant styles of the 18th century although here it is smaller and less showy than its predecessors.