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Shoes Collection

Step into the world of shoes, where art and fashion collide. In 1886, Hermes introduced a masterpiece - a creation by Jonnard that transcends time

Background imageShoes Collection: Bathing Belle on Pier

Bathing Belle on Pier
A flirtatious young woman in a two-piece bathing costume of side lacing shorts & striped tunic adjusts her black stockings. N.B espadrilles with ribbon lacing

Background imageShoes Collection: Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard

Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard
Hermes, 1886. The Greek god Hermes with winged helmet and sandals. From The Magazine of Art. [Cassell & Company, London, 1886]

Background imageShoes Collection: The Angelus (c1857-1859). At the sound of the Angelus bell from the church in the distance

The Angelus (c1857-1859). At the sound of the Angelus bell from the church in the distance, peasants pause in their work to say an evening prayer. Jean Francois Millet (1817-1875) Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageShoes Collection: Ginger Rogers / Astaire

Ginger Rogers / Astaire
GINGER ROGERS American film actress and dancer, dancing with Fred Astaire

Background imageShoes Collection: Irish Dancers

Irish Dancers
A crowd watching girls performing traditional Irish dancing at Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland

Background imageShoes Collection: Flapper on Bonnet 1927

Flapper on Bonnet 1927
A girl on a bonnet: wears a skimpy sleeveless white drop waist dress hitched up to expose her thighs, T-bar shoes, a cloche hat & a scarf a la Isadora Duncan

Background imageShoes Collection: Coat & Fox Terrier 1927

Coat & Fox Terrier 1927
Wrap over coat in a small checked fabric with cuff detail, hip pockets, long fur roll collar & fur lining worn with court shoes & a cloche hat pulled over the eyes

Background imageShoes Collection: Girls with their books in Balham, SW London

Girls with their books in Balham, SW London
Four girls with their books and drawings, sitting on a pavement in Balham, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageShoes Collection: Pierrot and Columbine -- Smile, Please

Pierrot and Columbine -- Smile, Please
Columbine tickles a gloomy Pierrot with a peacock feather and asks him to Smile, Please!

Background imageShoes Collection: Stockings 1920S Photo

Stockings 1920S Photo
A young woman, wearing a fur coat, cloche hat & T-bar shoes, lifts her leg up on a bench in order to reveal her stocking tops & garters

Background imageShoes Collection: Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes

Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), British ballet dancer, pictured at her Kensington home repairing her ballet shoes around the time she danced the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at a Royal Command Gala

Background imageShoes Collection: Mother getting her daughter dressed, early 1900s

Mother getting her daughter dressed, early 1900s
Mother putting on her daughters socks and shoes, a morning ritual, early 1900s. Printed color halftone of Jessie Willcox Smith illustration

Background imageShoes Collection: If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist just put those high-heeled shoes away

If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist just put those high-heeled shoes away. Thats what the three girls pictured think

Background imageShoes Collection: Leather slippers for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco

Leather slippers for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco

Background imageShoes Collection: Souk, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Souk, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageShoes Collection: Little Tich

Little Tich
LITTLE TICH (Harry Relph) Music hall entertainer (1867 - 1928), posed in his famous 28" boots called slapshoes, for his Big Boot dance. Date: c.1905

Background imageShoes Collection: David Wright woman in a red swimsuit

David Wright woman in a red swimsuit
Elegant woman with red hair, wearing a one-piece red swimsuit, red shoes, and a wide brimmed floppy hat. She is sitting on a table with a red and white tablecloth

Background imageShoes Collection: His Broadcast Masters Voice by George Studdy

His Broadcast Masters Voice by George Studdy
A spoof on the famous His Masters Voice logo featuring a dog listening to a gramophone; Bonzo, the comic canine creation of George Studdy

Background imageShoes Collection: A Variety of ladies boots 1926

A Variety of ladies boots 1926
Ladies 1920s boots in willow calf, felt lace, riding, quilted, buttoned, lace-up and rubber. Date: circa 1926

Background imageShoes Collection: Jester carrying a wassail bowl

Jester carrying a wassail bowl
A jester in red and blue costume, carrying a wassail bowl and enjoying the aroma coming from it. Wassail was a medieval drink, a kind of punch made from hot mulled cider

Background imageShoes Collection: Naked little girl looking in the mirror

Naked little girl looking in the mirror
A little girl wearing nothing but her shoes and socks, and pink ribbons in her hair, looks in the mirror and says " Goodness, Is That Me!" She is holding an apple in her left hand

Background imageShoes Collection: French maid taking a break

French maid taking a break and enjoying a cigarette before her next duty calls.... Date: 1910s

Background imageShoes Collection: Wooden Dutch clogs for sale in a market, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Wooden Dutch clogs for sale in a market, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Background imageShoes Collection: Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View of a cobblers shop front in St David s, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales. The cobbler and his apprentice (possibly his son) stand outside the shop

Background imageShoes Collection: Blacksmith at work in his forge

Blacksmith at work in his forge
An elderly blacksmith hammering a horseshoe on his anvil. The owner of the horse awaiting a new set of shoes looks in at the window, while the blacksmiths cat scratches an ear on the work bench

Background imageShoes Collection: Wrapping Gifts 1950S

Wrapping Gifts 1950S
Festive model in red baby doll nightie with broderie Anglaise trim & white slingback shoes sits on a cushion & wraps presents, showing her knickers in the process

Background imageShoes Collection: Two Cobblers Mend Shoes

Two Cobblers Mend Shoes
Two cobblers, seated on a low bench in their workshop, set about repairing shoes and fitting new soles

Background imageShoes Collection: Brochure illustration, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton

Brochure illustration, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton, showing the Footshape Works where the boots and shoes are made, with addresses of branches below, in London, Bradford, Brighton and Leicester

Background imageShoes Collection: Female high jumper in orange costume

Female high jumper in orange costume
A female high jumper in an orange costume leaping over a pole

Background imageShoes Collection: Shoemakers, Tunisia

Shoemakers, Tunisia
Two shoemakers in their small workshop, Tunisia

Background imageShoes Collection: The Faithful Heart by George Studdy

The Faithful Heart by George Studdy
A little dog with mournful eyes, obviously alarmed at his owners sea bathing antics, paddles as far as he can into the water holding her dress

Background imageShoes Collection: Rayne shoes advertisement

Rayne shoes advertisement
Advertisement for some particularly spikey and vertiginous stiletto heels by Rayne shoes, featuring crown neolite soles, made only Goodyear

Background imageShoes Collection: Breakdancing

Breakdancing
A breakdancer spins round on his back and stuns his teenage onlookers. Note the profusion of of white clothes and stilettos, slip-on shoes with white socks, perms and mullets

Background imageShoes Collection: Traditional Arabic curly toed slippers, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Traditional Arabic curly toed slippers, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageShoes Collection: SHOES 1899

SHOES 1899
A pair of gentlemens lace-up half-boots or Town Boots and a pair of ladies shoes with a Louis heel complete with shoe trees are left outside a hotel room for boots to polish

Background imageShoes Collection: Holeproof Hosiery 1924

Holeproof Hosiery 1924
A woman, so proud & pleased with her Holeproof stockings, bends down to admire them while she daintily lifts her black see-through shift out of the way

Background imageShoes Collection: Brochure cover, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton

Brochure cover, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton
Brochure cover design, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton, advertising boots by post, with a circular illustration of the Footshape Works where the boots are made. Date: 20th century

Background imageShoes Collection: Misfitz - Robin Hood

Misfitz - Robin Hood. early 20th century

Background imageShoes Collection: Cobbler

Cobbler
Making a wooden shoe. Date: 1950s

Background imageShoes Collection: David Wright woman in a white bikini

David Wright woman in a white bikini
Elegant woman with blonde hair, wearing a white bikini and shoes to match. She is sitting on the grass, with a wide-brimmed floppy hat at her side

Background imageShoes Collection: Three German Sunlovers

Three German Sunlovers
One-piece bathing costumes for men & women. His is striped, the ladys ones have V -necks & short legs. The lady in the sleeveless costume wears bathing shoes or espadrilles

Background imageShoes Collection: Boy Repairs Boots / 1930

Boy Repairs Boots / 1930
A boy is taught to mend his own boots in classes at a London School

Background imageShoes Collection: Billy Connolly on stage wearing big banana boots

Billy Connolly on stage wearing big banana boots

Background imageShoes Collection: Mother and daughters at a London bus stop

Mother and daughters at a London bus stop
A mother and her two daughters waiting for a No.6 bus at Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9. They are all smartly dressed, but the houses in the background are showing postwar shabbiness

Background imageShoes Collection: Maddies Mood

Maddies Mood
Jota de jai

Background imageShoes Collection: Wartime advert for Dolcis shoes. Date: 1943

Wartime advert for Dolcis shoes. Date: 1943

Background imageShoes Collection: Three Sikh men, India

Three Sikh men, India. Date: 1843

Background imageShoes Collection: Clothing Fashion Leather Boots Fashion 1970s Model wearing long black

Clothing Fashion Leather Boots Fashion 1970s Model wearing long black knee high leather boots, polo neck jumper white hotpants



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Step into the world of shoes, where art and fashion collide. In 1886, Hermes introduced a masterpiece - a creation by Jonnard that transcends time. If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist, just put those high-heeled shoes away and let your feet dance freely. As the Angelus bell resonates from the distant church, imagine Ginger Rogers gracefully gliding across the floor with Astaire in perfect harmony. The rhythm echoes through history, even inspiring Irish Dancers to tap their way into our hearts. In 1927, a flapper dons her bonnet and steps out with confidence. Her stylish attire is complete with leather slippers bought from Marrakech's vibrant Souk. Morocco's rich culture intertwines with fashion as effortlessly as Margot Fonteyn repairs her ballet shoes before captivating audiences worldwide. Traveling back to Northampton in another era, we find ourselves immersed in an illustration by W Barratt & Co Ltd. A fox terrier accompanies a gentleman wearing his finest coat while showcasing his impeccable taste in footwear. From George Studdy's iconic "His Broadcast Masters Voice" artwork to the bustling Souk in Marrakech, shoes tell stories beyond mere functionality. They become symbols of self-expression and cultural heritage. So next time you slip on your favorite pair of kicks or elegant heels, remember that they carry more than just your weight – they carry history and artistry within every step you take.