A paid of pink cotton Empire period dancing shoes ca.1810

A paid of pink cotton Empire period dancing shoes ca.1810

Code: SKU1956


A very rare pair of pink cotton dancing shoes dating to about 1810. They are of simple design, but beautifully hand made. There are the remains of silk ribbon ties and there are silk bows to the front. The lining is in cotton.

These shoes belonged to Aimee-Phillippine-Marie Grand d'Hautville (1791 - 1855). She lived in Switzerland at the Chateau d'Hautville which is located near Vevey  (over-looking the Lake of Geneva), in the canton of Vaud. They were found, along with other items in the attics of the property and were subsequently auctioned.

The shoes were manufactured in Paris, and the label on the inside sole indicates the maker Schacherer, rue St. Denis, Paris. The label also states he was shoe-maker to Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. The label is in French, but it is quite clear that this is the translation.


The shoes are in excellent condition and a pretty shade of pink, which makes them very rare. They are narrow, as was the fashion of the day. Narrow looking feet were considered very chic! These shoes were clearly made for the ball, as the toughness and flexibility made them ideal for dancing and stronger than silk.

The cream silk ribbons are only partially present, these being the most delicate part of these very rare  shoes.

Length 8"


Price on Request.