I created an “Imperfect” section at the American Duchess shop, where you can find Devonshires, Georgianas, and Pemberlies for 50% off. With each shipment we always get a few pairs that don’t meet my strict quality requirements. The defects on these “imperfects” include pebbled, indented, wrinkled, or scraped leather, small marks, or dirt smudges. They are cosmetic only.
If small flaws don’t bother you, you can have a pair of my 18th century shoes for half the price you’d pay regularly. Should you like me to personally inspect a pair for you, go ahead and e-mail me – [email protected] – with the shoe style you are interested in and the size you need.
The “Imperfect” section will continue to be updated with any slightly flawed shoes we have come in, along with dyed shoes. Check back for steals and deals, but be aware that the stock for Imperfects is always very limited and once they are gone, that’s it.
LucyFebruary 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM
I already ordered one pair (:
I thought about ordering one pair for quite a long time and i have never done it because of the shipping price to germany.
I am pleased with the price of the Imperfect ones, because now the shipping and the shoes together aren`t that expensive anymore.
Thank you (:
Lauren RFebruary 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM
Yay! Thank you for your order. I hope you love them! 🙂
Marianne P.February 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM
I came home yesterday to find my aunt had sent me a pair of Devonshires that had been labelled imperfect for some reason I'm still a bit fuzzy on. They're goooorgeous and I've been drooling over them since they were on preorder months ago! I'm sure the neighbors thought I was going crazy when I started flipping out and running and dancing around the house in them. It made my week.
Lauren RFebruary 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM
Marianne, I'm glad you like them! Yes, the "imperfect" shoes are just pairs that might have a little mark on them somewhere, or a little wrinkling in the leather. I'm glad you love them, and I hope you get tons of use out of them 🙂
Marianne P.February 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Now I just need to finish a costume to wear with them! Talk about motivation to get to work on that lovely yellow piemontaise the Danish museum has the pattern up for…
UnknownApril 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM
I saw that the imperfect section is gone from the website – any chance it may return?
Lauren StowellApril 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Hi Lindsey – we sold all of our imperfects, but if I find any more, I will put them up in that section. It's gone for now, and of course we hope forever, but every once in awhile there's a shoe with a scuff or ding.
UnknownApril 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Great. I totally understand that you don't want to have ANY imperfections, but it's always nice to have a "love dent" when you're on a budget. Thank you!