1. Plain taffeta morning gown. 2. Hat à la Harpie. 3. Sabots foures* à la Chinoise. 4. Shoes and Sabots of different types. (1787)
Little one, little one, your heels are low,
As soon as someone touches you, you fall to the ground.
"The invention, elsewhere, of little heels was poorly done, since the littler they are, the larger the foot seems ... Women's large heels, à l'anglaise, render the foot smaller to the view and gives them a seat which allows them to walk safely: instead the thin ones cannot give any support to the leg."
The Page without Title, September 3, 1775
* Sabot, literally "hoof", was used to describe the ruched ruffles that covered the end of the sleeve in the late 1770s; it also referred to a wooden clog, and came back into high fashion to mean a type of shoe. I cannot find a meaning for the adjective foure but suspect it might relate to the ruffle around the opening.
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