Thursday, January 2, 2014

My 2014 "Shoe Year's" Resolutions...

And so starts a whole new year...of shoes! I have so many plans for 2014. Some will happen, some may not, but I'm looking at the year's developments with optimism and excitement. Want a sneak peek? Here's what on the boil...

In Production or Just Finished
"Antoinette" - satin embroidered mules with Pompadour heels. YUM. They're leaving the factory tomorrow...
It took almost a year, but "Highbury" Regency flats, made of dyeable satin, are finally arriving in about a week and a half.
"Stratford" Elizabethan Shoes, which took a couple years to develop, are in production, arriving in March-ish.
Redevelopments for 2014 - New and Improved

"Georgiana" - it's been years since we've had the dyeable 18th c. satin shoes. The new Georgies have the Kensington shape, leather soles and lining, and improved fit.
"Pompadour" in Black - following Pomps in ivory, the new black Pompadours have a revised toe shape, swankier fabric, and the lovely, historically accurate white rand.
"Pemberley" - the 1790s staple returns with a pointier toe, higher vamp, and revised Italian heel shape.
Shiny New Styles for 2014
"Gettysburg" - side-lacing, leather and wool, foxed booties with square toes. These are adorable on, and work for the 1830s through 1860s.
"Tissot" - the square-toed, low-heeled, dyeable satin staple of the Civil War ballroom.
"Nankeen" - Regency fabric boots with soft toes and leather soles.
"Savoy" - heavily beaded Edwardian pumps with cutouts, and a low, comfortable French heel.
Wait, is that all?
You may have a favorite you know is in development, but you don't see here. Don't worry - some are not ready for photos to be shown yet.  Here's what else is pending...

  • "Madison" 18th century leather shoes
  • "Renoir" button boots - 1860s through 1880s
  • "Abigail" Signature Collection shoe based on Abigail Adams' yellow Regency slippers

We will also re-stock styles currently in the shop, and may add a new colorway here or there.

Now, of course, the difficulty is in deciding which style to do when! (I'm hoping you all can help me with that - look for polls and surveys to come)
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35 comments:

  1. Fabulous!!! My wallet is fearing for its life.
    If you ever do another colorway or alternate run of the Antoinette mules, it could be awesome to have both in dyeable satin, but one with gold embroidery and the other with silver? Just an idea ;-)
    xoxo

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    1. (Dyeable white satin, I should have said)

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    2. I think that may be a splendid idea. :-) With the first run of anything we sometimes have to be more careful, but if something sells well, additional colorways are a good plan.

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    3. Indeed! I'm pining for the pink Antoinettes...or blue? Ugh, I may just need both!

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  2. Still drooling over those Savoys :)

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  3. Ahhh! I love love love those side lacing boots!!

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  4. Anxiously anticipating Abigail and Madison. :)

    Hartfields are already in my possession, muwhahahaha!

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  5. YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!!! Seriously, I'm not a shoe junkie, although I love a stylish, comfy shoe--but all of these designs are just fantastic.

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy with all of them :-)

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  6. Will Claremonts ever be released in another colorway? I desperately want a pair in black!

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    1. Possibly - the black was as popular as the brown, just lost out by about 10 votes when we did the poll. I think a burgundy would also do really well.

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    2. I'm with her -- really want the Claremonts in black!

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    3. Oh yeah! Black or burgundy Claremonts would be awesome!
      I'm also looking forward to further developments with the Renoir boots. :)

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  7. Oo I love them all! Thank you for bringing all these wonderful, historical shoes to life!

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  8. Already saving up for a pair of Gettysburg's :) What colours are you planning, if any more than pictured?

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    1. Gettys will come in the black/brown colorway only for the first run. If they do well, I'll consider doing some other color combinations in the future.

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  9. "Renoir" button boots - 1860s through 1880s - Are these the scalloped Victorian boots you talked about earlier? I would like both black and white please.

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    1. Yes indeed. They'll be available in ivory to start - we'll see about black, though

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  10. LOVE them all but WANT! NEED! MUST HAVE! The CW styles! On the other hand, I could get ALL the shoes (Oh! My! Poor Household Budget!!) and create dresses just to showcase the shoes.....

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    1. The Civil War styles have been a long time coming. There's a massive hole in our range that needs filling!

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  11. Oh my goodness, how exciting! I see more than a few pairs of shoes I think I NEED this year. Truly exciting and great things you are making!

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  12. I'm so excited and so sad all at once. Most everything looks wonderful! But why must the new Pemberley shoes have pointier toes? My wide feet and I were looking forward to a pair, but not anymore. (And now I sound so whiny, dang it.)

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    1. Pemberley's pointier toes are more in line with the original shoes of the period, which had unbelievably pointed toes.

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    2. That makes a lot of sense. *sigh* Oh, well, they're leather, so they're 99% perfect . . .

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  13. What kind/ how tall of a heel will "Renoir" have?

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    1. Renoir and Tissot share a short 1.5 inch French heel made from an original.

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  14. *Faints in happiness* Finally boots of Nankeen cloth, this is truly exciting! Really amazing 'Shoe Year's resolutions'! I already love 2014 :)

    Sabine

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  15. Please bring back size 12! I want your shoes!

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  16. Oh wow, when I have a new job one day and can afford a proper Victorian and Edwardian wardrobe, I want so many of these! You are so talented!

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  17. Give me them Gettysburg!!! Great work, Am-Duch!

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  18. I must have the side lacing boots!!! And then finish the dress to go with them...

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  19. Spectacular! I love the idea that there's a leather 18th C shoe in the works, for those that will wear their shoes hard!
    Happy New Year, talented lady!

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  20. YES! The pemberlies are back!
    All the shoes are gorgeous!
    I really need to get a job.

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