The Newport Historical Society’s costume collection includes shoes ranging from before 1800 through the 20th century. Throughout history, fashion was often used to communicate something about its wearer, shoes being no exception. The early 18th century saw heavy influences from France and England in early American styles. Later 18th century shoes reflected the colonies' movement away from European influences to embrace its democratic roots. The shoes and accessories included in this gallery showcase transitions in style and influence over Newport’s history.