SHOES OF CHARLES I
Two views, back and front, of a pair of shoes which belonged to King Charles. They are made of brown leather, which is covered with black velvet, both leather and velvet now sadly decayed; the total length from toe to heel is 10˝ inches; the square toes measure 2⅞ inches across; the heels, apparently of leather and hollow and riveted with small wooden pegs, are 2 inches high and 3 inches across, and were originally covered, like the shoes, with black velvet, but the nap has now almost entirely disappeared from the surface. The soles are bevelled at the edges, which give a light appearance, and as they show but little trace of wear, probably were only used for indoor purposes. The square flaps on the instep are 4 inches wide at the top, and were undoubtedly partly covered by the large rosettes so familiar in Van Dyck’s portraits of King Charles; the insides of these flaps are lined with a rich ribbed black silk, and are bound with the same material; the stitching throughout is very fine. This interesting pair of shoes was at one time in the collection of the Duke of Buckingham, but is now the property of General W. E. G. Lytton-Bulwer.