National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Man's Shoe Man's Shoe
Rendered by Dorothy Dwin (artist), 1941
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 29 x 36.3 cm (11 7/16 x 14 5/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 4 of 26

Men's shoes surviving from the eighteenth century are extremely rare. This man's shoe, dated about 1775, is made of gray suede and has a one-inch red leather heel and a brass buckle. The low, broad heel first appeared in America in the 1770s and continued in fashion until the turn of the century. Shoe buckles were both functional and decorative. Usually, no distinction was made between the left and right shoe; each shoe of a pair could be worn on either the left or the right foot.

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