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Gamba of London Victorian character black leather lace up high top dance boots shoes vintage costume CanCan Burlesque Steampunk Mary Poppins

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These Victorian character black leather lace up boots were made in London by famous dance costume shoemaker Gamba of London. Made for the stage, this pair is vintage 1980's.
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. Please note: 5th photo shows how one sole is the black original and the other has been replaced by the dance cobbler; the leather appears lighter on the newer sole. I never noticed this until I took new photos! The metal heel braces shown in 5th 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'll include fabric laces that you may cut to size and cord laces that must be knotted at the top.
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 nicely)
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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Gamba of London Victorian character black leather lace up high top dance boots shoes vintage costume CanCan Burlesque Steampunk Mary Poppins


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