The Museum of Historical Costume

Leather shoes – the end of the 19th century

buty koniec xix wieku-3645A type of shoe with high uppers fastened with buttons or laces, it was very popular type of walking shoes in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century. The presented footwear comes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, it has straight edges of the upper and a heel flared at the bottom. These types of shoes, both earlier and later ones, have a straight heel.

The presented pair was made by Jones, Peterson & Newhall Company from Boston (the label placed inside the upper of the right shoe). I could not find too much information about this company. It was established at the end of the 19th century. After the First World War it continued its activity. It was located at Temple Place 49-51 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Footwear is made of black-dyed leather, its inside is lined with bright fabric. The upper is fastened with 12 metal buttons (the left shoe misses some buttons). The sole is made of leather, whereas the heel is wooden(?).