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Object Name SHOE
Catalog Number 0985.13.00072b
Description Right shoe of a pair (2) of high top shoes known as Congress Gaiters consisting of leather soles; uppers of a cotton canvas cloth lined with same material; a leather toe cap; rough leather strip around the eyelet holes; four eyelet holes for laces along each side; leather insole. The toe caps appear to be machine sewn and the counters in the rear are hand sewn with three stitches. The soles are attached by wooden pegs in two staggered rows with six pegs per inch. The 1/3 inch heels are wooden pegged in a single row along edge of the heel, 3 pegs per inch. Men's size 8-9.
Dimensions H-7 W-4 L-11 inches
Provenance These shoes are called "Congress Gaiters."

Supplies of leather in the south quickly dwindled as it was used to make thousands of cartridge boxes, belts, horse equipment such as saddles and harnesses, boots, holsters, and a myriad of other items. For shoes, cloth and wood often served as substitutes for leather.
Subjects Footwear