Lady's 1810-1820 Nankeen Walking Boots
Today I wanted to share this wonderful pair of c1810-20 Lady's Nankeen Walking boots with you~ of special interest of you are a Jane Austen fan, as she wrote often about the difficulty of finding good sturdy boots for walking~ indeed, in an era that shoes for the lady were quite delicate, in both construction and materials, the new walking boots were all the rage for a Ladye of Fashion
This 1812 fashion plate shows a young Miss out and about in her green walking boots. One cannot see much detail other than they are definitely above ankle height, and front lacing. The soles are very flat, nearly no heel, and there is a bit of fringing at the tops for decoration.
Upon first glance, if you were unfamiliar with the era, you may mistake these for being canvas swimming shoes so popular in the 1890s...so lets take a closer look and see what we have going on, that really makes these boots special
Quite a bit of spring in the toes (upturn)