M20409.1-2 | Shoes

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About 1880, 19th century
Fibre: velvet; skin: leather; metal
13 x 6 cm
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Sheldon Stephens
© McCord Museum
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Mrs. Sheldon Stephens, an individualistic Montrealer who was interested in the arts, wore those shoes. Living downtown on Montain St. in a spacious home, she entertained and was entertained by such overseas noteables as Oscar Wilde, the writer, and the pianist Jan Paderewski. She herself was a pianist, having no less than two grand pianos in her drawing room. These shoes were not typical of a period, but were an expression of taste by an individual. The laced footwear was created from fine black leather, with burgundy velvet toes, vamps and quarters all embellished with rich Turkish-type embroidery in metallic thread. The accessory was a statement.