Women's Slippers, circa 1830

Summary

Ladies in early-nineteenth-century America wore delicate slippers with their stylish dresses. While fashionable, these types of shoes were notoriously unhealthy: they quickly became damp and soiled, provided no foot support, and were occasionally purchased a size or two too small so that the wearer's foot appeared dainty. These slippers were all about looking great -- not being comfortable.

Ladies in early-nineteenth-century America wore delicate slippers with their stylish dresses. While fashionable, these types of shoes were notoriously unhealthy: they quickly became damp and soiled, provided no foot support, and were occasionally purchased a size or two too small so that the wearer's foot appeared dainty. These slippers were all about looking great -- not being comfortable.

Artifact

Slippers (Shoes)

Date Made

circa 1830

Creators

Unknown

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

35.596.42

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Leather
Satin
Cloth

Color

White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 1.75 in

Width: 2.625 in

Length: 9.5 in

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