1785 Lady's Shoes with Rare cutout vamps, 516.2010.12
With pom missing we can also examine the silk binding over the top of the silk throats
Kid covered Louis heels are 2" tall~ this squatty shape is a transitional one common in the 1780 time period
Silk ribbon would have originally covered all seams, including this center back seam. The amount of hand stitching , and the perfection in each and every stitch, never ceases to amaze me. The patterned black leather of the shoe upper can also be appreciated here.
The pom, or rosette is made up of several layers of silks~ first a flat ribbon at the bottom, next to the shoe, then a layer of flat filament silks, black silk cord and finally a center of the same silk cord but in pink. Looking deep within the pom we can see it was once a beautiful, rosy pink color, that has nearly all faded away over time.
These shoes, in their colorful original condition would have been stunning~ black patterned leather uppers with rich pink and black poms, pink stitching over pink satin cutouts on the vamps, and pink gimp fringing all round the foot. w.o.w.
This gimp travels the length of the opening for the foot~ while it has unraveled for the most part, it is still attached to the shoe all way around
They are just as fabulous from the sole view, as from the top~ here we can admire the tiny stitches connecting the kid covered wood Louis heel to the leather sole.
The channel cut in the leather soles of the heels can easily be seen, with some of the stitching showing
A look from the bottom ~ one piece, straight last, pointy toes (with a slight spring upwards), very narrow throats that are quite short before transitioning to the heel. The 'holes' at the tips and middle of the soles are last marks~ note the decorative glazing of the throats of the soles. This is a perfect example of pride in craftsmanship.
Shoes are fully lined in white kid with unmarked linen footbeds.