Keckley Women's Victorian Side-Lace Boots (Green/Black)
Keckley Victorian Side-Lace Boots are the go-to footwear choice for ladies of the 1820s through the 1860s.
We've named these versatile and attractive Victorian boots for Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, dressmaker and friend to Mary Todd Lincoln. Enslaved until she was 37, Keckley bought her freedom in 1855 and went on to become a successful and influential seamstress, author, and civil activist.
This popular style of Victorian ankle boot is made of a refined yet sturdy cotton sateen upper foxed with smooth calf leather on the toes and heels. The side-lace closure, unique to this period, makes it easy to get your boots on and adjusted just as you like. Wear Keckley Victorian boots for both day and evening dress, outdoor or indoor events, or with modern outfits for a secret nod to the past.
Materials & Sizing
- Hand sewn cotton sateen and 100% calf leather upper
- Soles are 100% leather
- Lined in cotton with leather insoles
- Shaft measures 4.25 in / 10.5 cm.
- Keckleys do not have toe boxes - this is historically correct construction, but ladies desiring a little more room in the toes should order a half-size larger.
- Left and Right lasted.
- B width - ladies needing a "C" width fitting should order a half-size larger.
My go-to shoes for daily wear! They're so comfortable. As other reviews say, definitely go up half a size — I did, and that means they comfortably fit my feet with either stockings or thicker socks.
I also recommend getting some non-slip sole stickers. Both this pair and my Londoners slip quite a lot on smooth or slick surfaces, which can be an issue in rainy ol' Scotland! A simple set of non-slip stickers sorted that out for both pairs.
First and foremost, as the other review said, consider sizing up a half size. They are a close fit in my normal size but have broken in well. I was surprised how well they fit in my ankle given I have narrow ankles but I was able to lace it to a nice close fit. I would say if you have thick ankles probably skip this style.
Also for just the day to day wear aspect, plan to put them on and not take them off until the end of the day. If you know you're going to visit somewhere you'll need to take your shoes off these aren't the ones for that day. They aren't hard to do up, they just take some time.
These boots are very supple and closely-fitted to the foot, and very comfortable to wear. I did size up half from my regular size based on the part of the description about them lacking a toe box, and this was a good call, I think. I've worn them with tights/stockings as well as regular socks just fine, though a very thick sock wouldn't work, I suspect.