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White leather high heel shoe

Date: c 1910
Dimensions:
Overall: 1250 x 245 x 70 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 5
Medium: Leather
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Shoe
Object No: 00018358
Place Manufactured:Adelaide

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    Description
    This white leather shoe forms part of a pair of Oxford shoes made by the South Australian shoe manufacturer Eklipsan. The shoe features a Louis heel, a rounded toe, and decorative punch-pattern edging on the toe cap and around the lace up front.

    The narrower style of the shoe was popular in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and was seen as an indicator of breeding and gentility. It also has a brown leather sole, and the inner sole is inscribed with the text 'The Eklips 'All' awarded gold medal' and 'made in Adelaide'.

    SignificanceThis Australian made pair of shoes is a rare example of ladies footwear fashions worn during the Edwardian era.
    HistoryWomen increasingly participated in sport and leisure activities throughout the 20th century. Leather sports shoes worn during the Edwardian era often incorporated menswear-inspired detailing and feminine heels.


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