The Famous Regency “Manchester” Boots!

Boots. Manchester Art Gallery. 1949.97

Ladies, since several of you expressed that you’re not getting our updates on Facebook, I’m posting the results of the latest Exclusive Cycle 6 poll here.

Congratulations to the “Manchester” boots, which won the poll and will be our next Exclusive! These are seriously cool – Grecian-inspired sandals with lacing tabs and delicate silk ribbons.

The original boots are made of green twilled worsted wool edged with a darker green binding. They have a spring heel (slightly built up heel, but otherwise flat) and blunt toes without toe boxes. Manchester Art Gallery puts these around 1820, made by Ascott & Parnham, Nottingham.

The maker’s mark on the insole.

Our version will be cotton sateen, also bound in a darker color, lined in linen, and soled in leather. I didn’t want to limit choice concerning ribbon colors, so there will be a selection of colors to choose from for your lacing, when the boots become available to pre-order at Yay for choice!


  • Kim

    August 25, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I am enamored with the green and blue, but would only purchase one pair so did not vote in the survey. I have an outfit in including coat and bonnet, but GBACG tall ships and seaside events were cancelled. We need a bootable Regency event.

    • Lauren Stowell

      August 26, 2015 at 1:02 AM

      More bootable events, indeed! The green colorway is in the lead (as expected – the original colorway is always the most popular), so when they come available to order I hope you will indulge 🙂

  • C

    August 27, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    I can't wait! I love my Nankeens but these are so fun–and they look easier to lace, so that's a bonus. 😀 Fingers crossed for green or blue!


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