19th Century Fashion in Detail by Lucy Johnston
Underwear: Fashion in Detail by Eleri Lynn.
Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail by Astrida Schaeffer.
Three fine specimens of Women’s Footwear.
We have in this illustration three fine specimens of the modern shoemaker’s craft. The general shape of the shoes is much the same, but what may be called the decoration is varied. The satisfactory use of the “Magpie” colours (Iridescent colors) is striking, and argues the good taste of the worker, and the designs, though simple, give scope to great excellence in workmanship.
The cordonnier artist (shoemaker, cobbler) has apparently considered his lines as carefully as the best of yacht builders. The material employed in the first two instances is kid, and in the other black and white velvet.
Source: Ladies’ Dress Shoes of the Nineteenth Century by T. Watson Greig of Glencarse. Edinburgh: David Douglas 1900.