Well I wanted to make everyone shoes, beautiful 18th c. style shoes, but I checked into manufacturing them and it would take an order of 1000 pairs of shoes, minimum! In my sadness at not being able to do this, and having no beautiful shoes, I shall post all the beautiful reference images I was looking at. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did and do 🙂
These are from The Met, Augusta Auctions, and the V&A
Olympe de la Tour D'AuvergneNovember 30, 2010 at 3:59 AM
Have you seen the Bata Shoe Museum? And the Shoe Icons site (http://eng.shoe-icons.com/museum/objects.htm?age=41&page=3)?
IsisNovember 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM
Such eye candy!
Robin's Egg BleuNovember 30, 2010 at 6:34 AM
The funny thing is, that I can see all these shoes on the runway at fashion week. They say everything comes back…maybe it's time to start campaigning for these!
Sandra BrakeNovember 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM
I'll have a pair of each thankyou. And a peach silk pair to go with my Marquise de Merteuil gown. And yes the Bata shoe museum is a must. Hell I'd even settle for owning ONE of these shoes. sigh
Thankyou thankyou thankyou!
Sandra BrakeNovember 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM
There are, of course, the lovely shoes by Sarah Juniper at http://www.sarahjuniper.co.uk/18c.html. Lusting, lusting, lusting.
LaurenNovember 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM
MrsC (Maryanne)November 30, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Gorgeous! Don't look very comfortable though!
Lauren StowellNovember 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM
Traveller, I have seen Sarah Juniper's shoes, and they are insanely awesome…but also very very expensive. I was hoping to do a nice shoe that would be affordable and would give us all another option to wear on our feet besides too-expensive, or too-limited.
/sigh. I guess we'll have to look but don't touch 🙁
Margravine LouisaNovember 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM
no no no no no
just collect a thousand orders from all of us – and then you can get going on it!
Don't be defeet-ist (small pun hardy har har)
Start a mock-up on a couple of designs, and we'll start spreading the word!
Isn't that what e-marketing is all about?? lol
Lauren StowellNovember 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM
Do you really think I could collect 1000 orders? I mean, THAT'S A LOT OF SHOES! I just went on a massive internet search for historic shoes and there just aren't that are really affordable to the average girl – Fugawee is the only choice! I ordered a pair of faux leather cheapies from Amazon, just to see how they are (they were $40 shipped), but they're just…so boring and not really the right shape. 🙁
Sandra BrakeDecember 2, 2010 at 1:39 PM
I have hell's own problems with my feet but even if I could sit with a pair of them on I would consider myself blessed. I wonder if I could carve a heel like that. Well two I suppose unless I want to be lopsided. Might be easier if I could take a pair of wooden heeled shoes and carve the right shape heel out of them and then attack them with some nice silk or even a cotton material. I remember wooden heeled shoes in the early 80s – haven't seen any in a long while. Well not here in Aus anyway. mmm put the thought out there and let the universe take over. I can dream! And I do! Where are my carving tools?
JoDecember 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM
Such pretty shoes! I don't think I'd even need a costume to wear any of these!
NycterisDecember 8, 2010 at 2:31 AM
I would buy a pair of reproduction 18th century shoes in an instant, and I'm sure at least 999 other people would. All you need is publicity, on tons of other historical fashion/fashion blogs and sites! <3
Lauren StowellDecember 8, 2010 at 2:37 AM
Well it's looking like only 199 other people now – I'm looking into doing a run of 200.
AnonymousDecember 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM
I just bought a pair from http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/ladys18thcenturywalkingshoe.aspx and they fit perfectly.
ShirleyFebruary 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM
Beautiful Blog, Superb Shoes! I'm curious about your shoe project — on December 7, you said you were going to do a run of 200 pairs. Is that still true? If 'tis, count me in!