1900s Ladies Brown Tone-on-Tone Laceup Boot with Ornate Vamp

 

This beauty has swirly detail where leather meets tapestry around the aglets.

While this looks like it’s made from kid, it’s possible that what we’re seeing here is something I have seen called “glazed dongola”. Kid being the more expensive glove leather from a baby goat or lamb and dongola being leather from a sheep or goat that has been tanned to look like kidskin.IMG_1322The ad below from 1899 shows the heels of the day – short, curvy and leaving a slightly triangular footprint. I have seen this heel called a “wedge heel” or “medium opera heel” in catalogs of the period. The toes in this ad are more pointy than the shoe above – by 1900 the extreme pointiness started disappearing.

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