These boots were made for walking...

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When shopping for footwear, there is nothing more satisfying than getting a new pair of boots. This vintage brown leather pair that I'm wearing today are a particular favourite of mine - you can see them here - a bit Victorian I like to think!

So you can imagine my excitement at being introduced to this fab pair of boots, which will be on display later this month at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. They will be shown as part of 'The Finishing Touch', an exhibition of women's accessories from our collections, dating from 1830-1940.

Vintage boots with button detail

Ladies boots from the exhibition.

The boots pictured here date from around the end of World War 1 and are very practical but still stylish. Apparently they have a design which imitated men's boots of the time and were pretty hard-wearing. I can't believe how they are in such great condition, despite being so old. The fact that women had started to wear this type of footwear reflected their social situation at the time; women were now going out to work and needed to have footwear that would be suitable for this.

It's certainly shaping up to be an interesting and beautiful exhibition. You'll be able to find out about fashion etiquette and how the place of women in society was reflected through the accessories that they wore. 

It opens on Friday 27 May 2011, but in the meantime you can get a sneak preview of some more of the accessories on our Flickr set here.