|The Met, c. 1805-10|
Whenever I start musing on new styles, I take a look at what's missing in the costuming community, what you ladies have been asking for, and where the holes in our shop are. The category that is meeting these criteria most right now is Regency. My how our Regency section looks lonely...
So it's time for new Regency shoes, but with that exciting proposition comes challenges. We want to create something that is different enough from the cheap-and-cheerful-Payless-ballet-flat but not too "out there" (we save those for the Exclusives, and yes, there will be Exclusives next year).
Through much discussion and research and musing and Starbucks runs, Abby and I are orbiting around a type of Regency flat we are seeing in several museum collection: The Foxed Slipper.
Foxing is the charming term for pieces of leather reinforcement found on fabric shoes. You're all familiar with 1830s-50s side-lace boots with foxing, but this trend started even earlier. It's a pretty addition as well as practical - the leather protects the sides and toes and sometimes heels of the shoes from wear.
|The Met, c. 1812|
|The Met, c. 1800-1810.|
|A less elegant design, but no less practical. These are from the Hopkins Collection. The photo is a snap from the book "Footwear" which is fab.|
|A Thing. Shoe-Icons, 1790s. Blue textile foxed with pink leather.|
What do you think? Love them? Hate them?