by Marie-Josèphe Bossan-Picaud
(Former Conservateur of the Musée International de la chaussure in Romans)
Copyright Musée international de la chaussure, Rue Saint Just, 26100 Romans, T +33 (0)4 75 05 51 81, musee(at)ville-romans26.fr
Crédit photographique © Christophe Villard
France, XVIth century.
Also known as a seven league boot. Seven leagues represent the distance covered by postillions between two post relays. Each boot weighs 4.35 kg.
France, end of XVIIth century.
Also known as a “funnel” or “cauldron” boot, decorated with intaglio fleur de lys motif.
France, XVIIth century.
Louis XIV Period. Jacquemart Collections, Musée National du Moyen-Âge archive, Thermes de Cluny, Paris.
Worn during excursions from the winter residence.
Persia, XVIIIth century.
Woman's boot. Red velvet and green silk embroidered with gold and silver thread in relief. Silk tufting.
Encircled by a hand of green velvet. Wooden heel covered in sharkskin.
Provenance uncertain (Russian Turkestan, Uzbekistan or Russian Turkmenistan?).
Boot in black leather attributed to Marshal Oudinot. Upper shaft decorated with ornate blanket stiching.
Woman's two-part boot in white leather. Embroidered upper shaft. Boot interior in white canvas embroidered with flowers. Sealskin upper lining and cuff.
Greenland , XIXth century.
Leatherwork and decoration typical of Sub-Saharan Africa, demonstrating the technical virtuosity of African craftsmen. Soft hide sole.
Towards 1880 or beginning XXth century.
Bordeaux-coloured satin, entirely relief-embroidered with metal thread. Satin and stylised dragon's head appliqué, thick boat sole covered in white canvas.
China, XIXth century.
Flat leather sole with up-turned toe.
Mongolia, XIXth century.
In embroidered green leather, polychromatic raised motif inlays in the style of Russia and Central Europe.
Half-moon heel and leather sole.
Russia, XIXth century.