Camille Roqueplan (1802–1855):
The French courtesan Marie Duplessis (1824-1847)
2eme Loge d'un Theátre - Second Box of a Theatre
by Monnier, ca. 1830
English opera boots, 1840s
Black leather, with suede leg and silk bow,
hand- and machine-sewn
Opera boots were also known as 'Dress Wellingtons'
and were often worn when going out to dinner, the
theatre, opera and other social evening occasions.
Although they were shaped like a boot, they would
have resembled a dress shoe when worn under
trousers. Many opera boots had bows attached, and
the uppers were often made of different textures
of leather to give the appearance of a dress
shoe worn over a stocking