Antique Victorian era women's black leather button boots from the department store “Au Bon Marché”, Paris. Au Bon Marché ("the good market", or "the good deal" in French) is the name of one of the best known department stores in Paris, France. It is often cited as the world's first department store. The founder was Aristide Boucicaut. Émile Zola's novel Au Bonheur des Dames involved research on the store and a Zola-created character, named Octave Mouret, is said to be based on Aristide (source: Wikipedia).
This boots are lined with „Chaussures Boucicaut * Au Bon Marché * Paris“. Boucicaut died in 1877 in Paris. However, his name was used some years for branded products, as these boots. The boots have 10 black shoe buttons along the side for closure. The original hook to close the buttons is also available. Very rare. The button boots are made of very soft leather which looks a bit fragile on the photos. Signs of wear. They measure ca. 9 1/2 inches long, 3 inches wide, with 2 inch high heels. These are truly a rare and unique pair of antique shoes!