18th Century Shoes: NEW American Duchess Kensingtons!

March 5, 2012


American Duchess is offering a new style of Historically Accurate 18th Century Shoes, and this time, they’re offering COLORS! Have you dreamed of the perfect pair of red shoes to accent your walking costume? Every girl dreams of shoes this pretty, and now you have an excuse to start collecting Georgian shoe buckles!

American Duchess shoes can be customized as well with paint and appliques, so if you want to jazz up your shoes by covering them with painted flowers, lace, or the same fabric as your gown, you can! In fact, this shoe can be adapted for even earlier costumes– even as early as the 1750s– since toes were beginning to round out a bit by then (as you can see in this wild pair).

“Through most of the 18th century, fashionable ladies’ shoes were seldom made of plain fabrics. The majority were constructed with patterned fabric, whether self-figured, brocaded, or embroidered. It was not uncommon for a lady to embroider her own uppers and bring them to the shoemaker to be made up into shoes. By the last quarter of the 18th century, embroidery patterns for shoe vamps were being published in ladies magazines.” -The Met

American Duchess shoes have a leg up on their historical counterparts, however. Famous for wearing out rapidly, early silk and brocade shoes from the 18th Century weren’t very long-wearing without protective overshoes. They were straight-lasted (meaning no left or right) and skinny, quite an uncomfortable mix for a girl like me with wide feet! If you want to go comfortably romping in the park in your 18th Century shoes for years to come, American Duchess shoes have fixed these problems by replacing frayable silk with sturdy leather, lasting left and right shoes, and pointing the toe just enough to be fashionable without squishing your toes into blister-inducing agony.

There’s only one catch: in order to produce these fabulous shoes, American Duchess needs our help to reach 100 pre-orders to make a production run! If you order now, you can get these amazing shoes for only $99, $30 off full-price! All sizes are available, women’s 6-12. Does that really say size 12?! Yes. yes it does. American Duchess has historical shoes for folks like me with giant feet!

Now if only they carried Chopines….

Learn more about the history of shoes here: Shoes! History of the Heel from 1500-1910

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