All posts tagged: shoes

I want these shoes so much

American Duchess has just launched her first 20th century shoe: pre-orders are open for the Astoria 1900-1915 Edwardian Shoe.  I’m very much in impressed and want one in each colour!  Clearly I need to talk to Mr D about an extravagant early/late Valentines present. As much as I adore the Astoria’s, these lovelies were my first Edwardian shoe love, the first early-20th century shoe to have me plastered to the computer screen saying “OOooooh…want…now!”: Aren’t they gorgeous? Aren’t they swoon worthy?  Don’t you just want a pair in dye-able silk that you can add your own sequins and diamantes to and tie with any color bow? American Duchess, please add them to your to-do list!

Terminology: What is a Cromwell Buckle (or Cromwell Shoe)?

Do you love historical shoes?  I LOVE historical shoes.  After all, they combine two of my favourite things: shoes and historical fashions. For this week’s terminology post, let’s look at a a historical shoe term: the Cromwell buckle & shoe and its stylistic relatives. Basically, a Cromwell buckle is an ornamental buckle of metal (often cut steel, and sometimes nickel  or pewter) on the front of a shoe.  In addition to the sparkly cut steel the buckle might be ornamented with paste jewels.  A Cromwell shoe is obviously the shoe worn with the decorative buckle.  Cromwell shoes are generally somewhat 18th century inspired, and usually have medium to high heels. A variant of the Cromwell shoe is the Moliere shoe, which sported a slightly lower heel, and a slightly turned-up toe (though it seems likely that which you chose to call your shoe depended more on the date and your location than the actual style).  Notoriously, Moliere shoes were worn by the first known victim of Joshep Vacher: the French Jack the Ripper. Another variant …

Blue and white

There is something so timeless about the combination of blue and white.  It’s serene and elegant, feminine without being girly, evocative of toile de jouy, something blue on brides, and favourite things. Here are some of my blue and white favourites. Can’t you just imagine dancing the night away in these sweet shoes? This bonnet was 20 year old Luciana Foster’s ‘something blue’, worn with a sand coloured silk faille wedding dress, for her 1861 wedding. These undersleeves would add a charming touch of blue  and white to any frock: I positively covet these blue and white pockets, and am going to make my own pair as soon as I find the perfect toile. The blue and white could also be your own secret.  Wouldn’t you just love knowing of the blue lining of these white kid boots?