Right now, though, I'm eying the new American Duchess boots, the "Nankeen." These are cloth boots, very commonly worn from 1800-1820. I've been longing for cloth boots so I can be just like the heroines of Georgette Heyer's books - they're all well-equipped with "jean" boots!
I particularly like the slimmer ankle on these, compared even to the Hartfield, the American Duchess leather Regency boots.
A famous pair of surviving original boots is trimmed with ribbon on the seams, and cute little bows.
|Source: Museum of London. Dated 1815.|
Nankeen is a yellowish/tan cotton material from China, from which these common type of boots were made. I'm very excited to see this addition to reproduction footwear.