bound foot boot

One of a pair of bound foot ankle length boots with pointed toes, wide shafts and arched soles. The upper is of stiffened lilac damask embroidered with floral designs at vamp and edged with woven ribbon. The throat is of white cotton decorated with criss-crossing in blue silk, ribbon and ladder-rung at mouth tip. Lined in blue and white printed cotton. A piece of red paper placed on insole. Arched wooden sole with high heel covered with white cotton, with ornate sole of bright pink silk edged with multi-coloured ribbons. Two top-pieces of quilted cotton, front heel tab with black and grey check pattern, back heel tab shaped like a pomegranate of white cotton decorated with bright apple green silk and green and lilac ribbon.

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