|Carriage boots as modern fashion|
Carriage boots, sometimes called sleigh boots, were a fashionable but also essential item for chilly ladies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Worn while traveling, carriage boots were most commonly overshoes, tied on over a lady's delicate indoor-only shoes, to protect from the elements. We have examples of carriage boots all the way back to the early Victorian period, and by the 1870s, carriage boots took on the form they were to maintain for the next 70 years.
|Albany Institute of History and Art, 1875-85|
|The Met, 1880-95|
Carriage boots were commonly black velvet trimmed in fur, but they also came in other colors, such as pink, tan, and this psychedelic green:
|Shoe Icons, 1880-1890|
|A stunning pair of peach brocade and ivory mink carriage boots - Bata Shoe Museum, c. 1900|
|A pair from eBay with grey fur (listing no longer available)|
One of the trickiest questions to answer was how the boots laced. Most of the originals I looked at had four grommets on each side, but the ribbons didn't tie over the fur trim. The example pair I found didn't come with any ribbons, but I experimented until finding the proper way to lace them, which we translated to our "Victoria" boots.
|Grosgrain ribbon ties on "Victoria" Carriage Boots cleverly tie under the fur trim.|
|Mouton trim and quilted lining.|
|"Victoria" Carriage Boots on actual human legs|