Men’s mules, English, c. 1690-1715
Men and women wore distinctly different heels by the end of the 17th century. Whether stacked or leather covered, men’s heels were typically broad and sturdy. Women’s heels, in contrast, were most often leather- covered and very narrow. This pair of men’s mules features high flared heels in keeping with turn of the 18th century men’s fashion and would have been worn at home as part of a gentleman’s undress.
Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Image © 2015 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)