Advert For Kirby, Beard & Co., Boot Fastener
Medium: Printed Text
This is an advertisement for Kirby, Beard and Companies buttons and fastenings. Devices like the one advertised here would have been extremely useful when manufacturing shoes and boots. Footwear for women changed considerably during the 19th century. At the beginning of the period women wore flat, soft and lightweight slippers suitable for dancing which reflected the active social life that they had. The boot became popular when the crinoline was fashionable. These wide frames were worn under dresses to give a full skirt but they swung out when the lady walked or sat down and this meant that her ankles were visible.