Following the uber-popular "Tavistock" boots, the time seemed right to introduce a variation for Summer - c. 1890 - 1920 cloth-topped boots in black-on-black or brown-and-tan.
Cloth-topped boots, sometimes called "galoshes," developed from early leather-and-fabric gaiter styles. You're all familiar with the early and mid-Victorian foxed booties with bits of leather on the toes and sometimes heels - this practicality continued into the late Victorian period with the heel and toe foxing eventually meeting so the whole bottom of the boot was leather.
|Cloth-topped button boots c. 1867 - The Met|
|Cloth and leather side-buttoning boots c. 1870 - Augusta Auctions|
|Men's button boots - wool tops and leather bottoms - c. 1890-1900 - V and A|
|Men's shoe and ladies' tall boot from the same time period, c. 1890-1900 - V and A|
|Example of women's sporting spats, or gaiters, worn over low-topped shoes|
|Gaiters for sale in the Sears Catalog, 1920. From "Everyday Fashions of the Twenties"|
|Cloth-top button boots c. 1910-14, originally from Vintage a la Mode on Etsy (original listing no longer available)|
|Edwardian cloth-top button boots with stacked heels and straight fly - originally from Simplicity is Bliss on Etsy (original listing no longer available)|
|Edwardian cloth-top button boots with stacked French heels - originally from A Perfect Patina on Etsy (original listing no longer available)|
|Sears Catalog, 1915 - cloth or "dull kid" tops. From "Everyday Fashions 1909-1920"|
|Advertisement from 1917 - the bottom right boot is cloth and leather, but the other buttoning two-tones are leather tops and bottoms, also a very common style contemporary to the cloth/leather combo. This image is from Vintage Buttercup on Etsy|
|Original cloth-top side-buttoning boot from the American Duchess Archive (I feel sassy saying that, lol) - c. 1900 - 1915|
Manhattan boots are opening for pre-order on Thursday, April 14. We have them at an introductory retail price of $160 and, in addition, you will have your choice of a free pair of stockings or a $10 discount as a "thank you" for placing your order early. The boots will arrive in July.
Watch this space, your inbox, or Facebook for the announcement!
Rexford, Nancy E. Women's Shoes in America, 1795-1930. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2000. Print.
Blum, Stella. Everyday Fashion of the Twenties. N.p.: Dover Publications, 1981. Print.
Olian, JoAnne. Everyday Fashions, 1909-1920: As Pictured in Sears Catalogs. New York: Dover, 1995. Print.