Museum Talk: high top shoes popular in 1870 to 1914

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
High top shoes on display at Buffalo Island Museum in Monette.

Today while looking at the shoe catalog I received in the mail, I noticed a pair of high top boots that looked exactly like the ones at the Buffalo Island Museum. Those boots are over 100 years old and were donated by Joyce Chrisman. They always say that styles keep going around in circles.

High top shoes were popular from 1870 to the beginning of World War I, around 1914. It was the latest trend of fashion when modesty was uppermost in a woman's mind. The "Gibson Girl" image was very popular and the fashion of the time had the woman fully covered with her button blouse, full skirt and her high top or high button shoes.

After World War I, when leather was in short supply, the "flapper girl" image became the fashion of the time. The boots were replaced with lower heels with buckled straps so that they could dance to ragtime and jazz that had become the rage.

Buffalo Island Museum also has some baby high top shoes that are over 150 years old. The leather is old and brittle to the touch, but you can imagine the time it took to hook up those shoes on the little baby's feet.

Buffalo Island Museum wishes to preserve the past for future generations. Museum hours are Friday and Saturday 12:30-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Be sure to attend the upcoming Quilt Show from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. It is free to enter your quilt (quilts) and free to attend. The quilt doesn't have to have been quilted by you. If you have a quilt that your mom or grandmother quilted, we would love for you to enter it and tell us the story of the quilt. We love to see the old quilts along with the new ones. Everyone who enters a quilt has their name in a prize drawing.

For more information, visit the museum's Facebook page or you may call 870-486-2516.

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  • After looking at those shoes it feels like the olden trends fashion is now coming back slowly and steadily, in fact when I used to go for party I'd seen some people still in the old fashion dress up then I thought that's called "Fashion" :)

    -- Posted by mnuashjackson on Wed, Oct 30, 2013, at 8:08 AM
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