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The 1660s
Restoration Costume Comes to Life

Part 4, Page 17
The Whole Look, Accessories: Extant Footwear

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Silk mules for a gentleman, decorated with metal lace. France.
1660 & 1675-80
Mules for ladies. The left one is from 1660s, silk brocade and decorated with a tassel fringe, the right one from 1675-80, embroidered with metal threads.
Lady Stanthorpe's shoes. Velvet bound with silk grosgrain ribbon and embroidered with metal threads.
High heeled shoe with slap sole attached to protect he heel.
Shoe of a common man, they remained the same throughout the period. Leather and round toed. Early 1660s
Gentleman's shoe with high heel and very square toe.
Lady Stanthorpe, Northamptonshire Museum.
Leather covered heel and white waxed linen for the stitching.
Squab toe and the embroidery is raised.
Soles were all made fro leather.
White line along edge of sole and decorated with red silk ribbons, high heeled lady's shoe.
Raised Embroidery on silk lady's mule and the toe is an extreme fork shape.
Red velvet lady's mule decorated with couched and raised gold threads.
Same mule.
Same silk ribbon decorated shoe as above. 1650-60
Male mule made from watered silk. The stitch hole are still visible where the metal lace was attached along the middle of the foot.
Same mule as to the right and above.
White silk male mules with silk and metal embroidery.
Same lady's show as above.
Shoe of a common man, simple and only a stacked very low leather heel.
Children and common person's show. Low heels. High heels and square toe,
Lady's shoe decorated wit a thin metal braid across the foot, probably Italian.
Ladies' shoes decorated with broad silk brocade braid.

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