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Women's pair of white leather shoes

Date: early 20th Century
Dimensions:
Overall: 1250 x 245 x 70 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 5
Medium: Leather
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Shoes
Object No: V00018357
Place Manufactured:Adelaide

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    Description
    This pair of white leather Oxford shoes was made by the South Australian shoe manufacturer Eklipsan. The shoes feature a Louis heel, a rounded toe, and decorative punch-pattern edging on the toe cap and around the 'v' shaped slit to which laces are attached. The inner sole is inscribed with the text 'The Eklips 'All' awarded gold medal' and 'made in Adelaide'. Leather sports shoes worn during the Edwardian era often incorporated menswear-inspired detailing and feminine heels.
    SignificanceThis Australian made pair of leather shoes is a rare example of ladies footwear fashions worn during the early 20th century.
    HistoryWomen increasingly participated in sport and leisure activities throughout the early 20th century. As a result comfortable and durable footwear began to be designed and manufactured for women for the first time.
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