This month we’re all about unexpectedly ‘modern’ designs in historical fashion. The May ’22 “Avant-Garde” collection explores bold colors and geometric shapes in 1930s/40s shoes, and also an older trend, the late Victorian and Edwardian love of strappy, strappy shoes.
For a time period we tend to think of as prudish, the ladies of the 1890s and 1900s sure did love to show their fancy footwear. Multiple straps, laces, cutouts, a plethora of buttons, beads, and interesting shapes paired with the quintessential pointed toe and curvy French heel make the shoes c. 1890 to 1925 the very height of witch-wear.
Shoes like these were, of course, not called Witch Shoes at the time. They were marketed as Cromwells, Molieres, Colonials, The Blue Danube, Bar or Barrette Shoes, Whoopee Booties, Tango Boots or Shoes, The Sally Sandal, Soulier Italie, and many other colorful monikers across a variety of designs.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and these wonderful centenarians are decidedly gothic. Here are some of our favorite, wickedly wonderful shoes and boots of the 1890s through the 1920s:
What makes a shoe “witchy?” Well, simply the way it makes you feel! We’ve made quite a few shoes inspired by these feels over the years and even have a whole “Gothic” collection on the website for just such an occasion. Of course, the most recent addition is “Endora,” the reproduction 1890s shoe with the crazy cutout vamp and buttons. It’s such a pretty design, and it was fun to do them in a couple very bold colors – “poison purple,” and “arsenic green.”