I just love red shoes. They are like happiness for your feet.
Amazingly, I’ve owned very few red shoes, because the modern ones just aren’t as pretty as my historical ideals.
Want to see some of the ones I lust after?
This pair is darling, but so practical. If a modern shoe company came out with a replica, I would buy them in a heartbeat!
This pair may not be quite as practical, but, oh, that fabric!
And just imagine how gorgeous these shoes would have looked when worn, with the little tassel swaying jauntily with each step. Darling!
Actually, now that I think of it, that tassel and buckle is something I could do myself. I must make it happen!
I like the juxtaposition of the tasseled pair and this much more recent pair. I’d wear either in a heartbeat.
Speaking of red and black shoes, the next pair is more red than black, but I think we can agree they deserve to be featured. They are embroidered in strawberries after all!
Speaking of patterns, was I ever not going to like a shoe in red and gold with a Greek key variant?
The shape of the next shoe doesn’t make my heart flutter, but the overall effect does. Red stripes! Happiness!
I’ve shown these sandals before in my Regency sandal post, but they are too fantastic not to post again:
My late 1930s wardrobe is much sadder for not including these shoes:
And finally, for the most fabulously ridiculous pair of red shoes ever:
Do you like red shoes? Or do you subscribe to the idea that they are ‘common’? Which is your favourite?
I would buy the second-to-last pair from the 30s in a heartbeat! I wonder if there’s some way to make something similar… maybe I could to take regular heels and add on so they look like they have a wedge with a hole and then cover them…
I wondered if it would be possible to have a shoe-maker replace a heel to look like that too!
american-duchess.comThere’s the American Duchess shoe shop, where you can get historical footwear. Most of their shoes are dyable, so you can have them in red.^^
I’m a big fan of American Duchess, but unfortunately her shoes don’t fit my feet. All the pairs I have tried on, including the narrowest cuts, have been way too wide for my feet. I actually own the Astoria, but I can only let models wear them and wish I could. When I do the fit is frankly ridiculous.
Woohoo! I have fat feet! I’m gonna try these out!
I’ve seen some wonderful red shoes shoes, and some that were wonderfully trashy. I had a pair of high-heeled pumps in red snakeskin back in the 1980s that could go either way, depending on what they were worn with, and another wonderful pair of more moderate height, with narrow Cuban heels in black, and the leather wrapped in a little twist at the throat. The latter were wonderful at making anything they were worn with more chic, without looking tacky ever.
Oooh, those second pair sound gorgeous! Say what you will of the ’80s, but they did some fabulous things with shoes!
metmuseum.orgThey are fabulous! I don’t think red shoes are “common” because I hardly ever see them on peoples feet.
I love all the shoes in this post, except the weird 30’s ones with the holes in the heels.
Thank you so much for including the black ones with strawberries, I had never seen them before and I love them! Strawberries! They fill me with joy and remind me of my favorite pair of pockets ever.
(I WILL own a reproduction of those pockets someday.)
I love red shoes. I always try to have at least one pair. My last were red leather mary janes. I’ve got some red patent heels (you no the improbable stacked shoes that are in fashion right now). They are what I call my sitting down shoes. I only wear them if I’m sitting down 90%+ of the time. lol!
I’m not that organized with my red shoe owning, but I can understand the feeling!
I had to give up on ‘sitting down shoes’ once I moved to Wellington – it’s just too hilly!
I wonder what you would make of THESE…!!
Wow. Those are insane. Who has ankles that far forward on their foot?
These I want with an almost physical longing. This will surprise no one who knows me.
I think I’ve posted about those shoes, but I can’t find it. I’m not a fan. Too extreme. A little subtlety is a good thing!
Oh, I agree – too extreme – but at the same time, rather marvellously sculptural.
I love them. today I wore my red victorian lace up boots that kevin garlick made for me
I like those greek key ones too
Oooh, you lucky thing! I’d love a pair of custom made historical shoes!
I always stare at red shoes when others are wearing them. Either because they make the wearer look strumpty or stylin’. I have one pair of red flats but I never think to wear them. They seem to garish and loud for work. And the rest of the time I worry about looking trashy. I doubt I’d be mistaken for stylish. I also worry about clashing with the rest of my outfit and moving into the tacky genre.
Just think of them as your dorothy ruby slippers…..not trashy at all.
I used to ONLY wear red shoes. I thought I looked amazing. I’m sure that I still do, but now I like better to blend in than stand out in much of any way.
I always admire red shoes! (Even if I don’t wear them, now)
I love red shoes and have 3 pairs (although one is verging on burgundy so maybe shouldn’t be counted.) But I always think of a friend of MrsC’s who told me (on a day we were both wearing red shied) that a friend told her that it was well known that women who wear red shoes don’t wear underwear. We checked. We were both wearing underwear. Maybe we are anomalies.
Is this like ‘Women who have black knickers will sleep with you?”
Can you imagine me not wearing underwear? I’m sitting with you on the (probably extremely crowded) anomaly bench!
I’m sure you’re a firmly ensconced member of the knicker wearing section of society 🙂
Is very glad to share the knicker-wearing bench.
I think the problem is going to be finding anyone for the non-knicker wearing, red-shoe flaunting bench – or at least anyone who will fess up to it!
I like the greek key shoes best. I love the colour red in a shoe but I have big feet and skinny ankles so wont wear red shoes as all I can see when I look down is these red feet shouting out look at me! and that’s just what I don’t want.
Shall I admit I got a new pair of red shoes dyed black?
But if you have skinny ankles red shoes would just emphasize how dainty they were! As someone who doesn’t have skinny ankles, I envy you!
I want to have red boots, red shoes and red sandals too!%)
Four pairs here, ranging from the oxblood heels which live under my desk at work to the cherry-patent lace up flats (they wouldn’t fit you, Joie deV) and I always have at least one. No better way to relieve the unrelenting tide of Wellington public service black.
I love red shoes, and so did my mother. Her take on them was that since they usually didn’t match anything, you could wear them with EVERYTHING!
Ha! I think I would have liked your mother!
I loved this post. You found photographs of a good span of red shoes from different centuries. Thanks!
I agree, there is something about red shoes. In fact, I’m wearing red shoes today. When I was little, I always subscribed to the shoe version of the sports car theory – red shoes always made me run faster!
I love it! I don’t run, but perhaps I could claim that red shoes make you nimbler on the dance floor 😉
I haven’t owned a pair of red shoes in a long time. I keep buying neutrals because I never know when I’m going to be able to afford a new pair, so whatever I buy must go with everything, but I love red shoes. I owned quite a few pairs in the eighties. Back then I had a few jobs in shoe depts. and shoe stores. At one point I had 150 pairs of shoes, about 15 of them red. The 80s had amazing shoes and most of the styles seemed to be made for my narrow foot.
I would kill for the Delmans in any color.
Goodness, 150 pairs of shoes! Mr Dreamy would not be pleased!
The Delmans are beyond scrumptious aren’t they? As much as I like them in red, I’d probably faint of happiness if I saw them in bottle green.
I’ve always adored these – http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=47264&imagesonly=true&term=boots
The scalloping and the white floss – so sweet
I loved those too! Like a much sweeter, more elegant version of the V&A shoe!
I’ve also always rather liked these too. The back-lacing detail is so unusual, and I like the little nonsense of a bit of frilly lace and bows that probably very few people actually got to see.
(And in the name of gender equality – I would SO wear these!)
These are awesome. Find some plain shoes and paint them? Then they could be yours!
Well, in the interests of double gender equality, so would I!
But these are probably my most favourite red shoes in the V&A. Love them, love the juxtaposition of naturalistic florals against a strong colour, and well, they’re just rather lovely aren’t they?
Oh! Those are just beyond fabulous! The colours, the embroidery! I have a new favourite too!
Oooh la la! How sophisticated they would have looked from the front, and how saucy from the back – even on shoes back lacing gives the suggestion that someone else has to undo you 😉