Lost your sparkle?
Dating from 1690 this buckle latchet shoe has faded from its original vibrant orange and the braid has tarnished. It now appears a completely different shoe to when it was new.
In the late 17th Century such shoes would have made a statement about their owner’s wealth with imported brightly coloured silk and a wide band of silver brocade, like a go-faster stripe, from toe to heel. The brocade is made from very thin silver ribbons or strips woven together by highly skilled craftsmen in a very labour-intensive process.
The needlepoint toes and shaped Louis heel were the height of fashion and the shoes would have been fastened with a cut glass or paste buckle.