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March 18, 2016

Marie Antoinette's Shoes


Marie Antoinette's green striped shoes

I have found four pairs of shoes that Marie Antoinette owned and one fabulous pair she didn't own!


These shoes were auctioned off in 2012, said to be a pair belonging to Marie Antoinette. To further the provenance, the shoes come with the story that Alexandre-Bernard Ju-Des-Rets gave the shoes to Marie Anotinette as a gift when she was twenty years old.


Shoes that belonged to Marie Antoinette with bows and green stripes
Marie Antoinette's shoes in green and pink with bows.  NY Daily News.


Shoes that belonged to Marie Antoinette on display at the auction house
Marie Antoinette's shoes at the auction house. Photo by luxury.net

These pink and green slippers were sold by Paris Drouot auction house which had estimated they would fetch between $8,000 and $13,000. The shoes sold for $65,600.


In 2010 these tricolor-ribbon slippers, also said to have belonged to Marie Antoinette sold for $57,000.


Shoes or slippers  that belonged to Marie Antoinette with ruffles
Tricolor Ribbon shoes said to belong to Marie Antoinette. Photo by Styleite.com



Here is another pair of slippers, said to be worn by Marie Antoinette. (below)

Shoes that belonged to Marie Antoinette with beading
Slippers that belonged to Marie Antoinette, Musee Carnavalet. Photograph by Sandrine.


These slippers below were gifted to the museum by a serious collector, Mrs. Clarence R. Hyde. The slippers include a paper label that states 

"Worn by Maria Antonietta, late Queen of France at the time She was taken at Paris" and an adhesive label "Marie Antoinette's Slippers"

Shoes that belonged to Marie Antoinette with fringe along the top
Slipper. 1790–95, Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
side view of Marie Antoinette shoes, fringe along the top and a water stain on one shoe
Slippers. 1790–95, Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


And just for fun...The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a pair of shoes in their collection that was used in the  film, Marie Antoinette, by Sofia Coppola.  The shoes were designed by Manolo Blahnik (among several other pairs) for the film. The designer gifted the shoes to the museum in 2006.

Shoes made for the film Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, made by Manolo Blahnik

Aren't they wonderful?

Shoes made for the film Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, made by Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik, Shoes made for the film, Marie Antoinette. 2005-6, silk, leather. Gift of MB 2006. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Shoes made for the film Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, made by Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik, Shoes made for the film, Marie Antoinette. 2005-6, silk, leather. Gift of MB 2006. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Detail via TheHistorialist

Image of the shoes from the film, Marie Antoinette, 2006.

5 comments

  1. Fascinating! Any idea what size they are?

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  2. If only I had an extra $65,000 lying around...

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  3. SOOOO freaking neat!! I want those Manolo Blahnik shoes!! SOOOO gorgeous. Just followed you via bloglovin. :)

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    1. Thanks! :) I followed you on BL too!

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