#1534 $750French velvet boots, c.1890
Although not utilitarian by today's standards, these stylish boots were more functional than the thin, flat slippers of the early 19th century. Attitudes about a woman's place in society were changing. The change was reflected in footwear.
The boots lace up in front with the original laces. The pointed soles and stacked heels are of leather.
These sharp-looking boots were meant to be worn outdoors, to be seen by all, especially by male eyes. The provocative red and black hues project their own subliminal frisson—all the more when the boots are taken off or put on.
The ineffable effect on the viewer of the ingenious design details, taken as a whole, is as real as that of certain glances. Although neither have rational form meant for the recipient's intelligence, they reach him nevertheless in their true meaning.
The condition is almost excellent. I found just one small (3/8") split in the black velvet. The boots have been worn, as shown by the marks on the soles.
They measure 8 1/4" long.