Okay, so maybe I’m a little obsessive about red shoes, lol. Here are some red shoes throughout history…
The Met – ver y eraly 18th c.
Unsure of the source on this one, but it is mid-18th c, and one of the prettiest shoes ever, imo
National Trust: 1815-30 red satin dance slippers
Shoe Icons: 1860-70, red satin evening pump, one of my favorites
The Met: 1885-90, a very common 17th c-revival style, with the big tongue and crossing strap. We see a lot of this style of shoe in 18th century movies and documentaries, but remember, they are Victorian shoes, not Georgian!
MFA – 1880s-1900, cute red bows too
Manchester City Galleries – 1890. These definitely make a statement!
The Met – 1906 – wonderful red shoes lined in red, with red bows
V&A: 1900 – bright-ass red oxford with red lacing, one of my favorite shoes of all time. This one is on my “to do” list.
The Met: 1926, American-made red satin heel, an what a heel that is, too.
The Met: 1937-39, American made.
Etsy – late 40s
Etsy – late 1950s, early 60s red suede shoes. I just love these!
So as you can see, red shoes have been “a thing” since at least the 17th century.