French or English, mid-17th century This small shoe dates to the middle of the 17th century and was most likely made for a well-to- do boy. The fact that the wearer was male is suggested by the shape and type of heel. Stacked leather ‘polony’ heels were popular on men’s footwear at this time. That the child was well off is indicated by the height of the heel, its marked impracticality helped to declare the wearer’s privilege. The heel is also painted red in keeping with the fashion of the…
French slippers, circa 1500-1550 It's such a treat to see a pair of delicate silk velvet slippers from over 500 years ago in such beautiful shape. These are made with a leather sole and a small stacked wood heel. The wide slashed toes edged with silk binding would allow a brightly colored stocking to peek through for an extra boost of color!
Leather clog owned by the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf in the 1600´s. Made of linen saffian with wire embroidery. Made in oriental style or made in the M.E. Looks and is described very much like the Ottoman Turkish overshoes of the same time. It is described as having the narrow strip "heel" underneath as well (the "horseshoe" shaped piece)
"Escapines" or Chapins: ca. 1187, Spanish, cordovan decorated with embossing with a sole of leather and cork platform. "Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Gradefes, Leon. these boots, well known in the monastery from which respond to the type of footwear called Chapin, who is characterized by high cork soles and have no heel. They belonged to Dona Teresa Petri, noblewoman and founder of the house of Santa Maria Bernarda Royal Gradefes..."