Two very stylish pairs of shoes, perfect for an autumn outfit.
Woman’s brown suede pumps (or slippers), probably c. 1890. They have a medium vamp (the part that covers the front part of the foot) with a round throatline, bound with gold silk tape and a narrow oval toe. The low knock-on heel flares out much like a Louis heel, giving it a little dressier look. Unfortunately, both shoes are missing their front ornaments.
These were worn by Ellen Rich, the daughter of Nannie Hoomes Maury Rich of Washington, D.C. and given to the Museum in 1931.
These mannish perforated oxfords, probably date c. 1918. An oxford is defined by the instep lacing. This low oxford with pointed toe has straight-sided stacked leather Cuban heels. It is an appropriate walking shoe, popular into the 1920s.
These shoes were found in 1951 by Mrs. F. H. Neumeister of Charleston, while cleaning out a storage closet at Courtenay School, which was built in 1888.
Come visit this dress in person! It is currently on exhibit in our Seasonal Fashion: Autumn in Charleston.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday