10769.20 | Shoes (toy)
1862, 19th century
Leather with cotton
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
Since this doll's wardrobe was meant to imitate aspects of everyday life, the travelling shoes are constructed exactly like their full-size counterparts. The shoes, with their dark-brown leather uppers and white linen lining, are trimmed with dark-brown grosgrain ribbon that matches Lady Blanche Paulet's travelling dress. Footwear during the early 1860s sported very low or no heels. Coloured shoes, especially bronze kid, were very popular.
Shoes were not commonly made with left and right soles until later in the 19th century.
In the 1860s, the upper part of the shoe was often decorated with embroidery in contrasting colours.
By the late 1850s, walking boots called Balmorals began to be popular after Queen Victoria first wore them.
S.K. & G.L. Foster were manufacturers and dealers in boots and shoes in Saint John, New Brunswick.