Shoe buckle

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Woman's silk damask shoes with buckles, 1740-1750, England. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.81.71.1a-b.

Shoe buckles are fashion accessories worn by men and women from the mid-17th century through the 18th century. Shoe buckles were made of a variety of materials including brass, steel, silver or silver gilt, and buckles for formal wear were set with diamonds, quartz or imitation jewels.[1]

Buckled shoes began to replace tied shoes in the mid-17th century:[2] Samuel Pepys wrote in his Diary for 22 January 1660 "This day I began to put on buckles to my shoes, which I have bought yesterday of Mr. Wotton."[3] Separate buckles remained fashionable until they were abandoned along with high-heeled footwear and other aristocratic fashions in the years after the French Revolution,[4] although they were retained as part of ceremonial and court dress until well into the 20th century.[5]

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  1. ^ Takeda and Spilker (2010), p. 183
  2. ^ Tortora and Eubank (1995), p. 190
  3. ^ "The Diary of Samuel Pepys". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Tortora and Eubank (1995), p. 272
  5. ^ "Victoria and Albert Museum: Shoe Buckles". Retrieved 20 April 2011. 


  • Takeda, Sharon Sadako, and Kaye Durland Spilker, Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915, Prestel USA (2010), ISBN 978-3-7913-5062-2
  • Tortora, Phyllis G. and Keith Eubank. Survey of Historic Costume. 2nd Edition, 1994. Fairchild Publications. ISBN 1-563-67003-8