I interrupt “50s week” to bring you this very important post. I just received the first photos of Astoria, the Edwardian shoe that has been in development.
Here is your chance to be a footwear designer, and get an inside look at how things are done. Please understand that these photos are from the manufacturer and are of the prototype only. The leather, color, and buttons are placeholders, and as you see, there is no sole on the shoe yet.
Try to look past the funky photo quality and the rough look of the shoe, and image how the final will appear, in creamy leather, with pearl buttons.
What do you like? What would you change? Please feel free to comment, and hold nothing back! Your comments are what helps me produce the perfect shoe.
|Brass buttons are placeholders only!|
|You can see in this photo the taper of the toe and the narrower lasts|
|“buckle” means button in this instance.|
Notes about Astoria –
- Astoria is built on dance shoe lasts, which are far narrower than the Devonshire lasts. These are intended to fit the foot snugly, like any dress shoe
- The toe is tapered but not intended to be pointed
- Upper (the outside of the shoe) materials is cream colored leather
- Sole material is 100% smooth leather
- Lining material (insole) is man-made.
Here is the original design, and the original shoe “Astoria” is based on:
|The original shoe from “Shoe Icons” museum|