Description from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Through most of the 18th century, fashionable ladies’ shoes were seldom made of plain fabrics. The majority were constructed with patterned fabric, whether self-figured, brocaded, or embroidered. It was not uncommon for a lady to embroider her own uppers and bring them to the shoemaker to be made up into shoes. By the last quarter of the 18th century, embroidery patterns for shoe vamps were being published in ladies magazines. This shoe in the classic shape of the period is a representative example of early 18th century domestic needlework in a popular Indian-inspired floral design. In some areas the embroidery has worn away, showing how the design was first drawn on the fabric in pencil.
Sketch 067: Silk Shoe; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1954