This pair of shoes reputedly belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1793). However, these are probably English, handmade reproductions of the mid-19th century, when the mechanisation of shoemaking was becoming general. There are a number of these shoes known and they show the art of the shoemaker in their fine stitching. This specific pair is made of fine leather in a rather peculiar shade of green, with the heels covered in red leather and lined in white linen. They are made as straights, that is, they are not shaped for the left or right foot. From the Dunimarle Collection. On loan from The Mrs Magdalene Sharpe Erskine Trust.
l 247mm (l 9 3/4")