M972.53.1.1-2 | Shoes

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Chamberlain and Sons
About 1775-1780, 18th century
Fibre: silk (brocaded), linen; skin: leather
12 x 6 cm
Gift of Mrs. J. Reid Hyde
© McCord Museum
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Accessories are a vital part of the McCord's Costume collection. This late-18th century shoe, part of the Museum's collection of 540 pairs of footwear, is of the finest quality. It originally belonged to a member of Montreal's leading Molson family. In the 18th century, small feet were a must among stylish ladies, and very dainty shoes like these are characteristic of the period. It was also fashionable to have shoes made of the same fabric as one's ball dress: a beautiful gown in the same brocaded silk as this pair of shoes may therefore once have existed.