Spats! A rare vintage find!
Spats were worn by both men and women in the early 1900's and considered a must for affluent men. Usually a pair of shoes referred to as "spats" consisted of a top of white soft leather that buttoned up past the ankle connected to the regular black leather shoe bottom.
This suede pair, because of the dark red color, leads me to believe they were made for a fashion conscious woman, probably to match a special outfit. Add on spats created the illusion of a special pair of matching shoes. A proper Edwardian lady would wear high heeled boots that buttoned up on the outside, all the way up. Add on spats such as this pair would be worn on the foot over the high button shoe, anchored in place with a stirrup strap buckled under the foot.
Each spat has space for 6 buttons. The button holes are still well stitched. The round buttons are still in very good condition, however, on the right spat the top button is missing, and on the left spat the second from the bottom is missing. Both buckles are in very good condition. The suede is in very good condition, no discoloration, rips or holes. Very good condition for over a hundred years old!
Width at top is 4". width at bottom is 7 1/2". Height is 6 1/2". Buttons are 1" apart.
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