Fabulous footwear from history - these embroidered shoes are remarkably beautiful. Today, we tend to wear shoes where form follows function. Also, keep in mind that the embroidery on these incredible mules and slippers was done completely by hand. Another note of interest - in the seventeenth century men wore heels. The yellow and red mules were most likely mens' shoes. The yellow mules are from Italy and were made in the 18th century. The red mules and tan leather slippers are 17th century - I am not sure of the country of origin. The flat slippers with the ties belonged to the Empress Josephine, and date from 1804 (notice the cute little embroidered bees on the tips of the toes). Finally, the tall womens' boots also date from the 18th century. I am sure that only the very wealthiest people wore shoes such as these.
As an avid embroiderer, I enjoy looking at these shoes as works of art, and also am inspired by the beauty of the embroidery itself.