Saturday, December 15, 2012

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V335: eBay Find of the Year: Antique Button Boots...That FIT!

In my recent eBay haunting, I've collected a number of interesting items - a leather punch, a cast iron fluting iron, two early Victorian slippers, and a pair of Edwardian button boots.

As with all the antique shoes I buy, I veer towards oldies that have seen better centuries.  Usually they're wrinkled, they're flakey, they're teeny-tiny, and they're cheap, all great attributes to have for study pieces, rather than display.  The idea of *wearing* these doesn't even enter my head.

The real McCoy - 100-year-old button boots...on my feet! I normally wear a 7.5 B width.
...Except for these button boots.  I got them on eBay for a shockingly low price, thinking it'd be nice to have them in my growing collection, as a reference point for Tavistock.  I didn't even read the measurements, but when they arrived, looking like they'd been run over by a truck, they kindof looked...well...surprisingly big, for Edwardian shoes.  Lo and behold, they fit!  I mean...they REALLY fit (I'd say like gloves, but they're shoes, so that doesn't really work.)

So Chris and I took some shoe cream to them, along with most of a tin of Kiwi Parade Gloss, and hot-spooned these puppies into the wee hours of the morning.  After all was said and done, holy cannoli, they're shiny and lovely and quenched.

After polishing. The leather is still worn, but in some places it almost looks new. 
I wore them tonight to the High Desert Steam Christmas Party, and I can't wait to wear them again to whatever the next Victorian event might be.  The costume/history geek in me is squeeing with delight!

My "formal" Steampunk costume - I need to make a shorter skirt now to show off the boots!

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15 comments:

  1. I am green with envy! Also, DAMN ya'll did a good job on bringing those back to life!

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    1. Shoe cream and parade gloss, ftw. I couldn't believe what a difference it made. I then polished every narby-looking leather shoe I could find in the house, until 2 am...

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  2. Congratulations! They look great! And I love your outfit too!

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  3. They are beautiful. They would fit me too. This is the profile I was looking for with Travistock.

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    1. They are very similar, but the shank is shorter, and the toe more rounded on these oldies.

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  4. How exciting! And they look great too!
    -Emily

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  5. You did a beautiful job fixing them up! How exciting that they fit!

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  6. Okay, bright idea....is there sufficient call to do a run of mens' shoes in the forseeable future? Maybe an Edwardian or Victorian dress boot to whet the curiosity of the steampunk boys? Just a thought. The reason I am asking is partially selfish. I would like to try a boyish steampunk getup. Fortunately, though my feet are large for a girl, they are pretty average for a guy. What do you think?

    Katt

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    1. We plan to go into men's footwear in the future, but when we're a little more up-and-running.

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  7. Wow! They look amazing! What luck! Oh, and love your outfit, especially those bloomers and stockings! I shall have to start sewing bloomers, I think!

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  8. Isn't it amazing what a little polish and elbow grease can do? High five on bringing the boots back to life, they are amazing (don't you wish they could tell you where all they've been??). I am an avid antiquer myself and it always amazes me what people will turn their noses up at because it needs a little polish and work. Nicely done!

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