Her shoes were the newest thing in footwear (Edy Boardman prided herself that she was very petite but she never had a foot like Gerty MacDowell, a five, and never would ash, oak or elm) with patent toecaps and just one smart buckle at her higharched instep.
Bloomsday, we are informed, was June 16th, 1904, thus we wonder, what sort of shoes might our Gerty MacDowell have been wearing?
From 1905, these dainty, pumps give you the idea of what was the fancy fashion at that moment.
More work-a-day, from the same period, is this 1905 advertisement below for the Sorosis Safe Shoe.
Notice the patent toe cap.