While it has been maintained in France and Italy in the early 17th century in the courtly fashion color and a more convenient clothes style, Britain, the Habsburg Empire and Germany oriented to continue the strict Spanish courtly dress. A few years later with the enthronement of Louis XIV, France would be the leader in the European fashion. Baroque fashion period.
Large buckled shoe worn in the reign of Queen Anne
17th century large buckled shoe. Baroque fashion period.
THIS large buckled shoe was worn in the reign of Queen Anne (6 February 1665 – 1 August 1714), though, unfortunately, the name of its owner cannot be ascertained. The material is pink silk; the embroidery in silks and metallic threads is very rich, and the colours wonderfully preserved. The heel is of an immense height and breadth, and the toe so extravagantly pointed, that it must have protruded for a considerable distance beyond the foot.
17th century shoe of Lady Mary Mordaunt. Baroque period.
THIS shoe also belonged to Lady Mary Mordaunt. The material is the same as that of the black one, but its bright colour and elaborate gimp trimming transforms it into a smarter and more stylish shoe. The point of the toe is so extremely sharp and elongated, that it had to be well stuffed with cotton-wool to preserve the shape.
17th century shoe of the Duchess of Norfolk. Baroque period.
LADY MARY MORDAUNT (Mary Howard, Duchess of Norfolk and 7th Baroness Mordaunt, British peeress c.1659–17 November 1705) was the owner of this shoe, the material of which is closely spotted black silk. The shoe is without bow, tie, or straps, and has a plain and insignificant appearance ; and its low heel makes it partake rather too much of the nature of a slipper.
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