12 / 1998

Black nubuck and patent leather pump * Art Deco Period * 1910 - 1930 A.D.

Influenced by women's emancipation movements like the suffragettes, social activities of women changed dramatically towards the end of the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century. Lastforms altered from straights to more elegant and easy fitting left and right lasts. Dancing became a public rage and plain low-cut shoes called "pumps" or "courtshoes" came with it, at first heel-less and later with heels. The most wanted execution was with a patent leather upper. After the First World War more and more materials and colours came into fashion, especially for evening and dance shoes likre the one shown with metal beads and rock-crystal ornaments for dancing the charleston.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland