bound foot boot

One of a pair of woman's shoes for bound feet. The uppers are made of indigo blue silk, embroidered at the front with a small motif in white, green, yellow, and pink threads, with a gold thread strip down the front. The top of the uppers has applied sections of pink, green, and white printed fabric, with a border embroidered in green and cream trim. Above this is a section of plain beige cotton, and above that a section of red. The lining is of coarse beige cotton. The sole is of red fabric, stitched to a beige upper part, with stitches in cream evident all over the base of the sole, which is a little worn at the heel.

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