We’ve all seen these funny little tools. What are they for, even? We no longer wear button-up shoes these days, but back in the 1920s and prior, this was an essential tool for putting on your shoes!
It’s a great illustration of how common button shoes and boots were by the shear volume of button hooks that survive today. This example I found on eBay – it’s a steel shank with a hollow handle. I have no idea of the age, but thought the design quite pretty.
|Fancy buttoning these babies up by hand? I don’t think so.|
Button hooks come in all manner of shapes and sizes. Some are ornate, like this one. Some look more like bottle openers. Some are gold-plated and encrusted with gems. They’re a delightful testament to a lost style and technology.