The Edwin Clapp Shoe Company was founded in 1853, although Clapp began in operations as a textile mill in the first quarter of the 19th century, providing uniforms for the civil war. After surviving a catastrophic fire and a subsequent bankruptcy, Clapp transformed his company in the middle of the century into a shoe-making operation and remained in operation until at least 1969. For much of the 20th century the Clapp Shoe was synonymous with luxury and considered the panicle of the shoemaking craft. These fabulous needle toe shoes are made of soft brown leather in the high-ankle style, very sharp pointed toe, full lace front with narrow ribbon, fabric lining, leather sole. There is some aging of the leather but no tears or damage and these are in excellent condition for their age. C1900s, made in USA, size 9 Narrow. Measure 8 1/4 inches inside from toe to heel, outside footprint measures 11 inches front to back, 3 inch wide sole, 10 inches tall with a 2 inch heel, and measure 7 ½ inches around the ankle.