Founded in 1903, Gamba has been out of business for some years now. As well as making ballet shoes Gamba made beautiful period-style character shoes like these for the stage. This pair was part of my personal collection and is a true collector's item. I have not seen a single pair like these for sale on the Internet for any price. This pair has kicked up it's heels for many performances, but have not been in use for at least 15 years. The leather soles are worn (thinner at the toe tips) but are still very wearable. Heel tips are in very good condition. The metal heel braces shown in 4th pic were added by a theatrical dance shoe cobbler for heel strength before they were worn. They have metal eyelets all the way to the top (no speed laces) and that beautiful shapely Victorian louis heel. I have replaced the laces since photos were taken.
These boots are realistic to the Victorian period and would be the perfect finishing touch to your costume. Shoes like these are very rare and hard to find these days.
They are hand-marked inside with their UK size 5 1/2; US size is approx size 7; (I wear a US size 6.5-7 and they fit me)
Back of heel to toe tip measures 10" on outside.
Heel height is 2 1/2"
I do not recommend them to be worn by sizes larger than about a US size 6 -6.5 -7; due to the thin soles you may want to leave room for innersole padding under ball of foot.
***Before purchasing, please be aware that these shoes were manufactured to be worn on smooth stage surfaces; and may not be suitable for street/outdoor wear ***
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