For the past few years I’ve been running a historical footwear company called American Duchess. We make a lot of really old fashioned shoes, all the way back to the 16th century, and I’ve poured my heart, soul, and savings into that passion.
I love designing, and I’ve learned a bit about manufacturing, so now it’s time to expand. I’d like to introduce…
Don’t be afraid! We’re not closing or changing American Duchess! Royal Vintage is our sister company, an offshoot with a slightly different model and focus, that will hopefully become a go-to source for ladies needing shoes for the early decades of the 20th century.
I’m constantly getting requests for 1920s, 30s, and 40s footwear, but American Duchess’ focus is really Edwardian and older. There are quite a lot of options out there for shoes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, whether they’re original vintage, reproductions, or fashion shoes with a strong retro vibe. However, they’re spread all over the place… and how do you know just what to look for?… and what if the heels are too high or the materials are crappy?… and holy cow shipping is expensive!
Royal Vintage is a curated collection of shoes specifically chosen for their vintage styling and retro qualities. I’ve applied all my knowledge of historic footwear to selecting shoes that have certain style hallmarks – for example, t-straps for the 1920s, snappy oxfords for the 1930s, and platform slingbacks for the 1940s. I’ve sourced from several great companies (and I’m constantly seeking more, so if you have a suggestion, please let me know!), with a variety of styles for each decade, and price points to fit every budget.
Royal Vintage’s selection will always be changing, but one thing will remain constant – great shoes carefully picked to complement your vintage outfits.
Ultimately my goal is to manufacture our own in-house line of reproductions: perfectly styled, well-made, comfortable shoes developed from originals, according to what you, our customers, need and want. We’ve a little ways to go before we can start on that, but I wanted you all to know it’s coming. 🙂
So please take a moment to check out the new website Chris and I put together, and share with your friends who may be looking for shoes to wear with their vintage makes. Feel free to drop us an email, Instagram comment, or Facebook message, and let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to see.