In a case at a local historical society is a beautiful shoe from the 18th century. It is made from a woven fabric and the edges are bound with contrasting fabric. The shoe ties with a silk ribbon bow (the piece of ribbon used is obviously not original). The heel and pointed toe would be in fashion today and then, as now, shoes were integral part of completing a women’s outfit. But one big difference is the fact that there was no difference between the right and left shoe! Both were the same. Also, the soles of the shoes were so flimsy that the wealthy women would often buy new shoes every week. So they have a lot in common with many of the fashionistas of today.