V59: New “Kensington” 18th Century Leather Shoes in Black and Red

Last week I asked you all for your help in deciding what color Kensingtons to release first.  All three colors (black, red, and ivory) are the goal, but we just can’t run all three at once right now, so those of you who voted for ivory, you’ll have to hold on just a smidge longer, but they *are* coming.

In the meantime, red and black Kensies are opening for pre-order on March 5th, and we’re offering them for the super awesome price of $99, instead of the regular $120.  We don’t need to collect quite as many orders this time to run the style, but we do still need support, so if you or a friend are in the market for some snazzy new 18th century shoes, and you want to get the low price, be sure to place your order on March 5th, or in the couple of weeks following, at www.american-duchess.com.

Okay, without further ado, more pictures!

You may be wondering how Kensington and Devonshire differ.  Kensington is a narrower shoe, with a far more pointed toe.  While Devonshire and Kensington share the 1.75 inch French heel, Kensington features rounded latchets and tongue, and also a straight seam on the side instead of a dog-leg.  Both Kensington and Devonshire are historically accurate for the dates 1760s-1780s.

And of course, Kensies comes in black and red!

More information and specs are on Kensington’s listing on our website: www.american-duchess.com.  Also feel free to leave comments and questions here, or e-mail me directly at [email protected] .


  • Jen Thompson

    February 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    D'oh!!! And I just sold a bunch of stuff so I would have enough money to afford a pair of the ivory shoes! Just my luck. *sigh*

    They are beautiful shoes though, and I can't wait for the ivory ones to be released!

  • Tricia

    February 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Gorgeous! I was planning on just ordering the red, but now I thinking red and black. Your shoes are so comfortable that I can wear them all the time. The look very nice with a business suit.

  • The Dreamstress

    February 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Oh, boo! I was so excited about the ivory! They are lovely in black and red though. You're putting out so many shoe styles my budget can't keep up: I want them alll!

  • Sharon

    February 29, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Beautiful shoe! A classic style, can be worn today as dress shoes, and with a Deco marcasite buckle, it could also serve quite passably as a nineteen teens or twenties "court pump".

    • Lauren R

      February 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Hi Cecile, the shipping to France by 1st Class Mail is about $20. The faster option is Priority, and it will be about $40. This is estimated to Paris.

  • Lauren R

    February 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Thanks ladies! And remember, they WILL be coming in Ivory, but later in the Summer. It depends on the success of these red and black shoes, but also Pompadour.

  • Hana - Marmota

    March 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Oh, I hope the ivory will come – I like these even more than the Devonshires. For me, that is. I don't have the money now, so now I'm desperately hoping I will in summer… I probably won't. 😛 But I totally agree with Sharon, these are very versatile! Which is why I so desperately hope I will have the money. 🙂


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