Saturday, October 10, 2009

History, Herstory, Shoestory


Inspired by Make Do Style’s comment on my previous post, I engaged in a little historical sleuthing of my own.

Here’s an eighteenth-century English shoe that could be a model for the McQueen Bedlington Terrier interpretation that’s generating some stylish buzz (or barks).

It’s the slope of the vamp that interests me, which gives a moderate—or exaggerated in the case of McQueen—en pointe look.

7 comments:

Make Do Style said...

This is definitely on the right lines. I was going to take a peek in the library on Tuesday to investigate further, as I'm sure there were more of this style of shoe in either the English or French court.

miss cavendish said...

I have a lovely historical shoe book, which has some beautiful inages from the English and French courts, but, alas, the (oversized) book did not scan well. I'll post some of those photos below (above?) and would love to see what you find in the library!

Elise said...

I am all for the en pointe look - if it can be done with comfort in mind ! Pointe is not generally associated with comfort ...

Great post - thanks !

Couture Cookie said...

Looks like something crazy I would have worn when I was a dancer and always looking for new, creative ways to improve my arch 24/7...!

Belle de Ville said...

Oh you history maven...the original "bedlington" shoe.

kirstyb said...

theres a bit of history for you lol xoxox

enc said...

Another excellent connection.