Men's Shoes

At the end of the 1720’s the domed toe died out and was replaced by a point. At first the toe was sharply pointed and turned up, but by about 1740, the majority again became blunter. Again in the 1770’s, the toes became sharper.

Heels continued for men’s shoes but in contrast to the previous period the height dropped to a mere one-inch.

The buckle was an extremely important part of the shoe during this period. While the shoes themselves were rather plain, the buckle was elaborate and extremely expensive. The buckle was where all of the decoration was channelled. High on the instep at first, the buckle grew in size in the 1730’s and again in the 1760’s.

Mules were still popular for men, though they were cut lower in the 1730’s than in the previous period. They were first of brocade, but then changed to light leather. At the end of this period, the mules were cut even lower, but had a tabbed front.