Awhile ago I asked you lovelies to take a survey on your preferences for Victorian button boots. Here is what you all had to say…
About 455 of you participated.
It was a dead heat in terms of historical accuracy – 41% of you try to be period correct, but will make concessions, while 40% always try to be as accurate as possible.
|Met, early 20th c.|
All-leather, black button boots were in the clear majority – all leather materials won out with 224 votes against the next closest, leather and canvas combo at 92 votes; black held 191 votes against the next closest, ivory and black at 92 votes.
|Snazzy, but not popular – early 20th c.|
The scalloped edge around the button closure was the most popular, with about 70% support.
Another clear majority – 68% of you want a low, French heel, and 64% of you like your button boots of medium height, between the ankle and mid-calf.
|1863 – mice scallops, but not a popular color or material.|
More than 60% of you have “B” width (average) feet.
90% said they expect to pay between $120 and $180 for an authentic button boot.
So this makes my decisions easy – going into development soon will be a Victorian button boot, all black leather, with a scalloped edge, jet buttons, and of a medium height. They’ll be built on lasts similar to Astoria in shape, with our signature 1.75 inch custom French heel.
|1883 – yep, something like this.|
It is my goal to make these fully functional, historically accurate button boots – that means NO zippers. This also means buttons hooks – don’t have one? don’t worry … I’m working on those too :-).