Slap-heels, designed to keep shoes from sinking into muck or wet soil
The Revolving Door of Fashion #Infographic
The Revolving Door of Fashion #Infographic #Fashion #History
Slap-Sole Shoes: ca. mid-17th century, Italian (probably). "These...slap-sole shoes were once the property of the descendents [sic] of Frances Walsingham, whose secret marriage to Robert Devereux, the last favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, contributed to his downfall. They may have been a gift to one of her family members and reflect the fashion of attenuated toes in the 1660s. Visual evidence of the origin of the slap-sole, which was originally a mule and a heeled shoe joined together..."
Shoes probably worn by Lady Mary Stanhope about 1660