Shoe News from American Duchess

May 1, 2014 11 comments

I've been deep in the Caverns of Business, carefully setting up lots of exciting new things for you guys - new collaborations, bunches of new styles for Summer and Fall, and re-ordering your favorites.

So here's a quick update to let you all know what's going on:

Nankeen Boots are nearing completion, along with the new Georgianas, and will be here soon.
Nankeen Regency Boots
New Georgianas? Yep! Our original flagship style is coming back, with a face-lift. The new Georgies are made from the awesomely-dyeable-and-durable sateen, lined in leather, with the Kensington shape and heel, and 4 mm thick leather soles.

On Order
Renoir and Tissot Civil War styles just went in for production, along with the new Gibsons in ivory, which will all be delivered in early July.
Renoir Civil War button boots
In the Pipeline
We've got lots of new projects! Many of you know of a few of them already - an Edwardian beaded pump, the Signature Collection "Seabury" shoe from the Newport Historical Society, the "Virginia" shoe developed with the help of Jamestown's costume design department, plus a few more. I'm always looking for new styles to develop, so if you have suggestions, don't be afraid to let us know!

Sneak-peek at "Savoy" in black - will also come in ivory.
That's all for now - I can't share *everything* (I say, as I sit over here twitching because I do want to tell you *everything*). Stay tuned!


  1. Love the Savoy. :D I'm working some Edwardian stuffs into my daily wardrobe, and those would be sooooo lovely to have! Can't wait!

  2. I would love for you to develop a 40s style with a leather sole!!! Maybe a wedge? Hmmm?????

    1. We're focusing on earlier styles, but I can definitely recommend Aris Allen or Remix Vintage Shoes for amazing authentic '40s styles.

  3. Oh yes, I bet those costumers will be DROOLING!
    My suggestion would be an Elizabethan or Viriginia-type shoe for men!
    Keep up the very excellent work!
    Nancy N

  4. I'm totally in love with the Renoir boot. I *must* find an excuse the buy/wear them!
    I'm also seconding that 40s idea, would be all over that one!

  5. So with all these great new shoe styles, is there any chance that any of them will be available in a size 12?

    1. Unfortunately no 12s still - we're still not making big enough orders per style/color, but as we expand, it's still on the table for the future.

  6. Hello there! Just a quick question - since I seem to be unable to find anything myself. Do you know where I can get a better look at 18th century lower class clothing and accessories?? I'm talking about female servants, handmaids, scullery maids, cooks etc.
    I have to put together a handmaids costume and I'm a little lost when it comes to accessories (if there were any..) and style etc… It should be somewhat around 1780-1800. Can you help me there?? Do you know any image sources or have some tips? That would be wonderful!!! :-)

    Thank you, Gabby


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