RARE! French Victorian White Wedding Boots
Tailor made for a wealthy Victorian bride, these handcrafted soft kid leather boots are exquisitely detailed with opalescent beads, and they retain most of their original glass buttons!
“Half boots” such as these first became popular during the Regency era, when more and more women were permitted to take up active pastimes such as riding and walking. The half boot trend swept across England and France, where they were often seen under opulent skirts and dresses on ballroom dance floors and, later, as part of a bride’s traditional wedding outfit — though matrimonial boots often featured much more elaborate and expensive details and designs than their ballroom counterparts.
This particular pair from 1880s France, as seen in the photos, show some wear. However, this is to be expected of an antique item well over 100 years of age! As you can see, some of the beads have gone missing as well as the top 3 buttons on each boot. Some scuffs and spots, that could be cleaned, do not detract from the obvious beauty of the boots. Would be a spectacular nordic style decorative display for your own French collection! Stuffed with tissue paper to retain shape.
Insurance is already provided in shipping price!