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Finest Foot Ahead – Step Into the Bata Shoe Museum


This man’s shoe was acquired by the BSM in 1983. The higher is fabricated from a light-weight blue silk brocade woven with a multi-colour floral sample interspersed with metallic silver threads. The heel is roofed with high-quality pink leather-based. The quarters, the again sides of the shoe, have tabs extending over the vamp which might be tied with a big purple silk grosgrain bow. These tabs, together with the topline, are coated with a pink silk binding to accent the heel. Its situation upon arrival was poor. There have been losses of brocade on either side of the vamps and quarters plus a gap on the finish of the toe. The binding ribbon had nearly utterly deteriorated with 80% loss. The unique bow was extant but it surely had light as had the brocade and the leather-based. This forty-year-old {photograph}, taken on the time the shoe was catalogued, provides you an thought of its state despite the fact that the color of the movie emulsion has shifted considerably.

It was unimaginable to match the sample of the brocade. Quite a few colors of yarns made it difficult to pick out the right uniform thread match. It was determined to go along with the predominant color palette to fill and assist the holes within the vamp and quarters: the pale grey-blue floor of the brocade. Inexperienced silk thread was used for the couching stitches because it was essentially the most often occurring float yarn for the floral design. Silk crepeline ribbon was dyed pink to match the unique topline binding. The crushed bow was humidified to reshape; inside helps for its loops have been fabricated from acid free card inventory painted to match the unfaded underside of the ribbon which might be seen to the viewer when the shoe was on show.

Whereas there are numerous males’s eighteenth century boots within the assortment, there are solely three single footwear and one pair. The pair dates to the early 18th century; two of the singles are black leather-based; this brocade instance is the fanciest. Traditionally, males’s footwear was not valued and saved the identical approach as girls’s, making them a uncommon merchandise in any museum’s assortment. This shoe has been displayed in a number of completely different exhibitions for 10 years in complete, though not in a single stretch. The brocade has continued to fade and the dye for the silk faille infill has light barely as effectively; the silk thread used to stitch the fills in place has not.

You possibly can see this shoe on show within the present particular exhibition The Nice Divide: Footwear within the Age of Enlightenment. It is usually featured within the exhibition poster because the signature picture.

Ada Hopkins, BSM Conservator

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