A pair of women’s buckle shoes

Made in England, c1780.

This pair of buckle shoes and buckle come from an important collection of footwear and shoemaking objects thought to have been initiated by the London shoemaker, Robert Dixon Box, and consolidated by his son, Joseph Box and the Box Kingham family during the second half of the 1800s. The collection ranges from remnants of leather shoes from the Middle Ages found in English archaeological sites, to intact European shoes from the 1600s onwards, ‘foreign’ shoes collected as ‘curiosities’ from around...


Buckle shoes, pair, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal, and buckle, maker unknown, England, 1780-1804

Womens pair of straight buckle shoes of turnshoe construction with blunt oval toes and covered thin louis heels. Shoes consist of grey blue ribbed silk uppers with silver embroidered floral motif on vamp, medium high tongue, square toe, round straps to buckle over vamp, one of which is pierced and a straight side seam. Uppers lined in natural leather and the insole is brown leather. Heels covered in matching grey blue ribbed silk are white stitched in the channel. Sole is of sueded brown leather.

Men's buckle of plated steel overlaid with black morocco and stamped 'Boulton & Smith Patent'.


75 mm


This pair of buckle shoes was made in England in around 1780-1804. Footwear scholar, June Swann notes the silver embroidery decoration is similar to that seen in 'lady's magazines' of the period that could be copied by a 'woman or amateur' and then sent to the shoemaker to be made up.

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A pair of women's buckle shoes 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <https://ma.as/239856>
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This object is currently on display in Store 5 at the Museums Discovery Centre.
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