1900-20 Sexy French, tall, leather boots - marked "Maniatis/Bottier/36 rue de Belle Ford/Paris (9e)/Tel. Taudine 43-57".  Black leather trimmed at the top with gold leather. Makes me wonder if these were made for a theatrical performers or lady of "interesting" pursuits.  These would make great "fetish-wear" today. See them at http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80073911#

1900-20 Sexy French, tall, leather boots - marked "Maniatis/Bottier/36 rue de Belle Ford/Paris (9e)/Tel. Taudine 43-57". Black leather trimmed at the top with gold leather. Makes me wonder if these were made for a theatrical performers or lady of "interesting" pursuits. These would make great "fetish-wear" today. See them at http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80073911#

Shoes | F. Pinet | France; Paris | 1910 | silk, rhinestones, metallic thread | Chicago History Museum | Object #: 1957.1017a-b

Shoes | F. Pinet | France; Paris | 1910 | silk, rhinestones, metallic thread | Chicago History Museum | Object #: 1957.1017a-b

In an effort to protect their modesty and sense of decorum, proper ladies of the mid-19th century wore ankle boots when venturing out in public, even for evening events. This typical pair of 1860s boots for evening or carriage wear displays especially refined curved lines at the ankle and top edge. T

In an effort to protect their modesty and sense of decorum, proper ladies of the mid-19th century wore ankle boots when venturing out in public, even for evening events. This typical pair of 1860s boots for evening or carriage wear displays especially refined curved lines at the ankle and top edge. T

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