|Lauren W. models a powder blue 1740s riding habit, surrounded by Kensington and Pompadour 18th century shoes|
Once upon a time...I couldn't find any shoes I liked, to pair with my 18th century ensembles. I searched high and low, but when it came to the graceful curve of the French heel, the delicate silk fabric, and the beautiful colors and designs found in extant examples, there was nothing to slake my Georgian shoe lust.
|Lauren R. (that's me!) matches red Kensingtons to a red Robe a l'Anglaise, for Bastille Day 2012|
And, simply put, that is why. Because truly authentic reproduction shoes are near impossible to find, I've set out to create at least one or more examples from every period of dress from the 16th century to the 1940s, so that when it comes to appropriate footwear, you don't have to worry that your shoes aren't quite right.
You also don't have to worry that they're horribly uncomfortable and will fall apart after one season. Part of my quest is to make *real* shoes - that means real leather inside and out, hard-wearing soles, and excellent fit, just like you would expect from a nice pair of shoes you buy at Macy's or Nordstrom's. Balance and engineering are extremely important to me - the shoemakers of the past understood these things too.
|Laurie T. trims Pompadours in pink ribbons, to match her pink brocade gown.|
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