Silk brocade buckle shoe

Made in United Kingdom, Europe, 1740-1749.

This silk brocade buckle shoe comes 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 the w...


Buckle shoe, straight one of pair, womens, silk brocade / linen / leather, maker unknown, England, 1740-1749

Womens straight buckle shoe of white rand construction with visible stitching, needlepoint toe and covered louis heel, white stitched. Shoe consists of petrel blue, ivory and pink silk brocade upper featuring rounded tongue, slightly pointed straps to buckle over tongue and short dog leg side seams at waist. Edges bound in olive silk with upper lined in linen and white kid and the insole of brown leather continuing into a toe puff. Heel is covered in matching silk brocade. Brown leather sole is flesh out and stitched in the channel. This pair of shoes matches the overshoes H4448-86.

(See object file for specialist report by June Swann)


110 mm
75 mm


This buckle shoe, one of a pair, was made in England in around 1740-1749 and could be worn with matching clog tie overshoe, H4888-86.

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Silk brocade buckle shoe 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2017, <>
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