Boots before Corsets: the Steampunk Shoe Fetish (Part One)

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I’m afraid I have a weakness for shoes and boots. I don’t like admitting it, because it is such a cliché for a woman to love shoes. But I blame my Great Aunt, who gave me her wedding boots as a gift, and I blame my great grandfather, who was a cobbler and a boot maker. I was driven by both nature and nurture to love shoes.

1870 velvet and gold leather button boots.:

1870 velvet and gold leather button boots

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Victorian-era, jet-beaded, leather lace-up boots dating from 1895

Pair of woman's boots, embroidered silk lined with linen and kid with leather soles, c. 1885, French.:

Embroidered silk-lined boots, made with linen and kid, with leather soles, circa 1885

It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that they started making pairs shoes that were distinctly left and right. This is obvious from Queens Victoria’s wedding slippers below, where the shoes have nearly identical configurations. By the end of the 19th century, shoe making was taken to a high art and all pairs of boots & shoes were made to mirror each other. It was a revolution in both style and comfort.

satin shoes worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding day, 10 February 1840:

The satin shoes worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding day, 10 February 1840

wedding & fancy dress boots, mid- to late-1800s:

Wedding & fancy dress boots, ranging from the middle to late 1800s

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Filed under Bling, Boots, Fashion, Steampunk, Steampunk Aesthetic

2 responses to “Boots before Corsets: the Steampunk Shoe Fetish (Part One)

  1. karen j carlisle

    Yet another reason to love steampunk!

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