2022 Shoe Plans, Oh Yes!

Wherein I tease you.

Some shoe development updates have been requested, and it being the beginning of sparkling new year, it’s the perfect time to share with you some of the things we have on the boil coming up for 2022.

Often with product development, it’s not a straight line and things get moved forward, pushed back, cancelled or deferred. We have a joke here at ADHQ that we seem to always miss the perfect timing, although much of it is beyond the control of small business these days with crazy freight delays, costs, factories closing down, materials being hard to get. But we carry on. All this being said – here’s a small selection of what we *intend* to do this year…

Some Gothy Goodness

Working title for this incredible repro is “1890s Witch Shoe.” Name suggestions are welcome!

More Vintage Options

This 1930s perforated nurse shoe is one of the first I ever bought for studying. Ten years later it’s finally getting made! Our won’t be an exact replica – we’re going for a lower heel and more rounded toe.
The return of one of my favorite vintage styles – Claremont. This is the original version from 2013 – the updated design has our refined ’30s heel and an adjustment to the leather and laces.

Returning From the Vault

Peggy 1940s Spectator Pumps will be making a comeback in a variety of new colors.
Who remembers these? They’re the “Antoinette” mules from 2013! The new version will have the new Pompadour heel and come in lots of fresh colors, which you’ll get to vote on soon.

New Classics

A simple and elegant mary jane style from the early 20th century. This design will come with the 3″ French heel seen here AND a short heel.
A very classic, elegant, plain lace-up oxford. This one is from the London College of Fashion shoe collection.


We have a couple very special, very fun design collaborations in the works with some of your favorite personalities.

New Colors

Londoner, Bernadette, and Gibson are coming in fresh new colors for 2022.


Edwardian Keds canvas and rubber tennis shoes – V&A c. 1905. This one is a bit of a “maybe” but we’ll see how the prototype works.
“Penelope” slippers inspired by Bridgerton. You may have seen the color poll for these – they’re going to be splendid indeed!
The famous Star Princess Camilles. Yes, they’re happening!

Is this all? No, not even close. We have so much cool stuff in the works, plus regular restocks of our most popular stuff like Tavistocks, Bernadettes, Astorias, Gibsons, Evelyns, and Claires. Additionally, all new pre-orders will be opening on the USA site and the European site at the same time.

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    • Kelly

      January 6, 2022 at 4:45 PM

      Ahh! I’m vibrating with excitement!! The keds, the 30s shoes, the restocks, the collaborations!! Congratulations on 2021 and what looks to be an even more exciting 2022. Definitely looking forward to those perforated leather shoes and the canvas so I can wear them comfortably in the summer.
      Approximately how long do I have so save up for this Peggy’s? (A month or two, or like this whole year?) If I have enough time to save up definitely going to try and get multiple colors.
      Also any chance or restocks/new colors of Marilyn? Im would be very interested in a gray…;)
      Lastly- any chance or more with the wedge heel from Harriet? She’s LITERALLY the most comfortable shoe ever so I would die to have another pair like her.
      Again so so excited and thanks for sharing a sneak peak! Totally makes my day (and the shoes like they’re going to make my year…)

      • Lauren @ American Duchess

        January 10, 2022 at 10:29 AM

        thanks! We don’t have a pre-order date set for the Peggy, but it will probably be in Summer. We do indeed have a new colorway coming for Marilyn too. As for wedges, they don’t seem to be too popular, but we’ve only done two styles on the wedge, so we may revisit the silhouette again. Possibly not this year, though.

        • Kelly

          January 10, 2022 at 4:23 PM

          Thank you for your reply! Summer should hopefully be enough for me to save up for both marilyns and peggys! Ty ty ty!
          And all I can say about the wedges not being popular is these people don’t know what they’re missing! If you come out with another wedge I will 100 percent buy it guaranteed. (I believe I once saw a stripped and perforated wedge shoe on your podcast and just saying i would hit add to cart before I could blink, especially in the burgundy and green colors I glimpsed 👀 )
          Gosh with these and the nurse shoes and special surprises I’m going to save up!! Happy 2022 to us all.

  • Bethany

    January 7, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    I saw the star princess boots and I thought “wow those are similar” but I didn’t think they’d be the actual shoes! Y’all should totally do a giveaway for those shoes so i actually have a chance of getting pair because there’s no way i’ll ever have enough money for that

  • Alice

    January 8, 2022 at 1:36 PM


    Name the 1890s shoe Jenny!

    Maybe a 1 inch or so heel on the nurse shoe.

    It would be nice to have a 2 inch heel and more refinement on Claremont.

    The Mary Janes need to be a bit more outstanding. The prototype shown is a bit ordinary and boring, not something I would buy. A French heel about 1.25 inch or so, thin, refined strap, and more colorways than black would be nice. I’m happy that it comes in two heel heights.

    AD already had a ton of oxfords. I would rather buy some 20s, 30s, and 40s shoes that are not oxfords.

    Can’t wait for Penelope! I’m hoping for a slender-looking shoe with an option for laces.

    I hope the shoes won’t cost too much so I can buy more than one pair!

    I would also appreciate it if the color polls were e-mailed, and hooray for blog posts on shoe designs! It’s great to see more late 19thc. and vintage shoes.

  • JeanneS

    January 9, 2022 at 9:09 PM

    The 1890s Witch Shoe should absolutely be named the Elspeth! It’s evocative of witchy vibes, and a suitably vintage name. (Also I must have a pair. Even though I already have a pair of black Londoners and black Astorias.)

  • Sam B

    January 10, 2022 at 9:41 AM

    Thrilled to see the return of the Antoinettes!!! Those are already on my wish-list.

    I think the 1890’s witch should be called “Agatha”, all along (ha!)

  • Carol B

    January 11, 2022 at 3:46 PM

    I shall be second in line for the 1890s witch shoe ( Endora?)-that shoe would be just lovely in black satin for an Edwardian evening shoe (perhaps with diamante buttons)- I would buy them in leather & satin.

  • Anna

    January 17, 2022 at 5:46 AM

    I think the low heel like the Dunmore for the Mary Jane would work nicely or Louis heel on the Londoner. I like the button (no buckles) as well, less fussy. I have a very worn, much loved pair of black, low-psuedo Louis heeled Mary Janes that Nine West put out in the late 1980s and I would love to have a replacement for them. And I hope the Claremont color ways survey results include the grey suede…love love that.

  • Hannah

    January 28, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Name suggestion for the 1890s witch shoe: Anathema. Named for Anathema Device from Good Omens, she is a modern witch with serious 1890s vibes (bike, an 1890s style cycling coat, and a mid-1890s shirtwaist in modern fabric).

  • Lacy

    March 12, 2022 at 9:02 PM

    I feel like the 1890s witchy shoes could be named Margaret after Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played arguably the most iconic witch of all time as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. After all, those leg of mutton sleeves!

  • Caroline

    April 21, 2022 at 6:12 AM

    It’s been so exciting watching these beautiful shoes move from the planning stages to reality in your shop!

    Would it be possible to get an update on the Edwardian Keds? I remember you’ve described them as a “maybe,” so possibly they didn’t pan out – but any news would be wonderful!

    On a larger scale, it would be fascinating to learn about the journey an idea takes from ‘wildcard’ to ‘greenlight’, including the snags that crop up along the way.

    Many thanks for all of the lovely shows – my Cambridge boots arrived yesterday evening (a whole 24 hours early!!!) and I’m anxiously waiting for their non-slip protective rubber pads to finish curing, so that I can take them out on adventures!


  • Valerie

    May 13, 2022 at 3:23 PM

    Will the Claremonts come in black? Any word on when Claremonts & Londoners will be up for preorder, & what colors they’ll be coming in? Debating between black Karolinas & black Claremonts to replace my now too-high-for-me black booties. Thank you so much for making so many good, good shoes!


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