The Saturday shoe returns with a little homage to Vivienne Westwood and her crazy-awesome shoe designs. And me being me, there’ll be little references to her historical influences.
First, some lovely buckles from Ms Westwood:Are they shoes? Are they boots? Who knows!
OK, so these are rather too extreme for everyday wear and they don’t really workk with my personal style, but aren’t they amazing objects? And, of course,it doesn’t take any great stretch of the imagination to see the 18th Century influence here:
Bata Shoe Museum - 1770s English wedding shoes
That ubiquitous feature of 18th Century footwear, the buckle, has clearly caught Vivienne Westwood’s magpie eyes.
The previous shoes didn’t fit my personal taste, however ensemble, barring practical concerns, is really quite alluring for me:
Hmmm – stockings and cockades, anybody? Yes please! Those ruffles at the tops of the socks are rather garter-esque, the tongues of the shoes are definitely 18th century-eqsue, and the decorations on the shoes look very much like wooly cockades/rosettes:
1792 French Mules
1883 Cockade Shoes
I do have a weakness for rosettes, I have to say – I think that’s what I love so much about Suffolk puffs and my silk cuff. If you share this weakness, there are a couple of other shoes with cockades on this timeline of Shoes Through the Ages and House of Nines Design has an interesting article on these decorative lovelies and even has them available to buy separately or on their yummy hats in their Etsy shop.
And one last pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes:
These you might recognise – they’re the infamous style that Naomi Campbell came acropper of. Super-high platform heels. They might not look terrible historical, but they remind me of a shoe style I featured a couple of months ago:
Those massive heels place the lady desirous of attention above her companions (and competition!), quite literally. And as a short person (not quite 5’2″), the addition of even a few extra inches can make a big difference to being seen and being able to see.
Perhaps I should get myself some of those super-high platform heels – the challenge would be walking in them… and if you read the article at the Bata Shoe Museum, you will note that our Renaissance ancestors had the same trouble, requiring servants to help them walk through a room.
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