What did they wear in the way of practicality, on a railway journey, say, or going to town?
Why, boots! Delicious, delightful boots!
Just like the re-emergence of the heel on slippers in the late 1850s, boots of this period also begin to have small heels applied. By the 1880s, heeled boots were the norm, sporting either front lacing, or side-buttons, and a variety of interesting stylings.
|Shoe-Icon Museum, 1850-60|
|LACMA, c. 1860|
|The Met: boots, 1863|
|The Met, 1863|
|Rare Robin's Egg Blue button boots, c. 1870 - 1880s, Etsy|
|The Met: boots, 1883|
|Manchester City Galleries, 1875-85|
So what would a lady be wearing on a train journey? Why, most likely a pair of fashionable leather, heeled boots with a nice sturdy heel. :-)
Originally publish January 6, 2013