Combined Shoe And Clog

ONE of a pair of very eiegant shoes and elogs combined, known also as double-soled shoes, made of white kid leather, wnich appears to have been covered with cream silk damask. The insteps and toes richly embroidered with pale pink or salmon-coloured silk are powdered with seed pearls ; the heels retain traces of pink brocade ; the latchets are made for tying, and seem from the fragments remaining to have had a fringe and ruching of pearly grey silk, which divided the shoe across the instep, while below the latchets on the instep flap four holes are punched at regular distances probably as a means of affixing a rosette or bow of ribbon. The heels taper downwards and are z\ inches high, gaining an additional \ inch bv the thickness of the fiat heel of the clog, which with the sole, also flat, is of brown leather. The toes, measuring i\ inches across, are flat and square. The total length of the clogs is icj inches, the heels being i®- inches wide ; though the colours of the brocade are faded, the shoes in other respects are in good condition.

Examples of these combined shoes and clogs are to be found in Van Dyck's portrait pictures.

A. similar shoe is in the museum at Northampton, and the Cluny Museum, Pans, has also a specimen of this peculiar foot-gear. Their date is probably of the first half of the seventeenth century.

In the collection of Mrs. Seymour Lucas.


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