This pair of shoes dates to about 1916 and are made out of black silk satin. They have jet beading on the vamps and have a 2 1/4" Cuban heel (these heels became popular around 1904). The more I look at them, the
more I think they were worn for mourning, which wouldn't have been unusual as World War I was on and many women lost their husbands, brothers and sons. They would have been somber enough for mourning but still have a bit of appropriate decoration on them.
They are built on a right and left last and have more rounded toes than what was fashionable (worn by an older woman perhaps?). They measure 8 3/4" long and 2 7/8" wide.
(Formerly L. Hidic)