Boots belonging to George Eliot
These delicate ankle boots are thought to have belonged to George Eliot. They give an insight into her fashion choices but also her size as they are small and slender. They are made of cream kid leather which is a soft leather made from goat skin. It can be dyed or embroidered and was a popular material for Victorian ladies’ gloves and shoes. As the material was thin and flimsy, boots like these could not withstand much wear and tear. They were often worn in a domestic setting.
See below to find out more about the boots in a short film.