The Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin holds a pair of embroidered boots from Yarkand, Xinjiang, in the western parts of China. The boots were collected by the British explorer Robert Barkley Shaw in c. 1869. The embroidery is worked with metal thread and cotton thread. Some of the decoration is worked with chain stitch. The boots measure 40 x 24 cm.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses a pair of leather and open-weave linen shoes (8.5 x 3 cm) that date to the first half of the nineteenth century (c. 1825-1850). The uppers of the shoes are embroidered with flowers and branches. The embroidery is carried out in tent stitch (or possibly cross stitch). The shoes have a flat sole (no heels) and square toes. The upper edge of the inside of the shoe is strengthened with a tape.
A pair of embroidered woman's shoes from the Iranian province of Gilan, in the north of the country along the Caspian Sea, is housed in the collection of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. The footwear dates to the twentieth century. The shoes are made of leather and cotton, and decorated with vegetable fibres. They were acquired in Gilan in 1998.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a pair of remarkably well-preserved leather shoes from medieval Egypt. The shoes, which originally may have been purple or red, are decorated with gilding (gold leaf) and embroidery, using linen and silk (?) thread. The shoes measure 26 x 8 cm, with a height of 7 cm.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses a pair of high-heeled, leather and green velvet shoes that date to c. 1700 and were made in The Netherlands. They are decorated with silver thread passementerie and floral motifs embroidered with silver thread. The shoes measure 21.8 x 7.7 cm. The heels are 9.5 cm high.
In the Friedenssaal of Münster's city hall (Rathaus) there is a single lady's shoe on display. It is believed to date from between AD 1620-1640. The shoe is made from leather and covered with (red) velvet. It has a small Louis style heel and a large vamp; especially the 'tongue' is very large.
Moccasins are a form of footwear, consisting of sole and sides made from one piece of leather and stitched together at the top. The sole is normally soft and flexible. Sometimes a vamp (upper part of the footwear) is added from a separate piece of material. Moccasins can just cover the foot or reach up as far as the calf of the wearer.
The Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, houses a pair of leather, gold embroidered man's shoes from Afghanistan. They measure 27 x 11 cm. The pointed tips belong to the traditional style of footwear of the Indian continent. They are probably are associated with the Pashtun ethnic group.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a pair of wool embroidered half-boots (also called ankle boots), which date to the mid-nineteenth century and were made in Britain. They are made of canvas, with elastic side gussets, and with the uppers being (hand) embroidered. The boots measure 18 x 10 x 28 cm.
A pair of nineteenth century lotus shoes is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. They are made of silk, cotton and wood. The shoes show traces of wear, and were therefore probably used, rather than made for the tourist market. The shoes are 16 cm long, 5 cm wide and 8 cm high and were probably worn by a bride.