Well, not a slapper in that sense, but a slap sole shoe.
These are from the Northampton Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of footwear. How handy, then, that my mum lives in Northampton! When I have a new camera, I’ll be paying another visit to the museum, but back to the shoes…
It is believed that they were a gift from Charles II to Lady Hereford in the mid 17th century and originally they were decorated with braid. Apparently you can still see the stitch lines – it’d be great to get a closer look to try to imagine how they looked originally – I bet they were stunning (and shimmering!).
I love the slap-sole for its ingenious solution to a problem most women will have encountered – a problem even our 17th century ancestors were not immune to – that sinking feeling of walking over grass or dirt in heels. Check out Bata Shoe Museum’s brilliant podcast/article on this unique style.
I like to think of them as the grandmother of the wedge: