“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk.” (Christian Louboutin). Our love of heels began in the eighteenth century, changing the way we walk for centuries to come. Come and read about how shoes developed across the Georgian period, and how this in turn transformed how we move.
Today the word ‘wellington’ describes a waterproof rubber boot, however it originally referred to a new shape of leather boot named after military Commander Arthur Wellesley.
A distinctive period for both conflict and refinement, the Regency period deepened the remarkable transformations in the design of shoes that had already begun.
Protective clogs, pattens or overshoes were essential pieces of footwear, offering much needed protection against wet weather and the mud found on the streets.
Shoes in the early eighteenth century were designed to complement the luxurious fashions of the period, adding a final flourish to an outfit.
From high heels to low heels, and fabric to leather, shoe design underwent revolutionary changes between the 1760s and the 1790s.
Little is known about the superstitious practice of concealing worn shoes in domestic dwellings, a tradition which continued to be performed in the late 1800s.