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Regency Fashion: Ladies Half Boots

Jane Austen's World

Emma was not inclined to give herself much trouble for his entertainment, and after hard labour of mind, [Lord Osborne] produced the remark of its being a very fine day, and followed it up with the question of:  “Have you been walking this morning?”

“No my lord, we thought it too dirty.” (Unpleasant, stormy.)

“You should wear half boots.” After another pause: “Nothing sets off a neat ankle more than a half boot; nankeen galoshed with black looks very well. Do not you like half boots?”

“Yes; but unless they are so stout as to injure their beauty, they are not fit for country walking.” – Jane Austen, The Watsons

Ladies shoes were quite delicate in Jane Austen’s day. They were made of satin or soft kid Leather, and thin soles with short heels.  Kid leather was a soft and pliable leather made from young goat skin that was often…

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