The entrance of Victorian style shoes
The Victorian era had it’s day through the 1830s to the 1900s, approximately. During this time women’s footwear went through a lot of style changes. One of the most interesting turn of events was in the early 1900s when shoes for women actually came in a left and a right shoe, as opposed to being interchangeable. This obviously added more comfort. A woman’s social standing was very much linked to her shoes. If you had many pairs of shoes, it meant you had more money, and therefore had a higher social standing. Although boots became cheaper due to mass production, those who lived in poverty could still not afford a nice pair. The purpose of a Victorian lady’s boot needed to make the feet appear small, hence the very tight fitting appearance. The more intricate the design, the better. Boots always had a heel, and the toe was formed in a point or a square. Ladies of this period wanted their feet to appear smooth, dainty, and luxurious.
The Victorian shoe comeback
Even though the Victorian era has since passed, the love of the Victorian shoe has not. Especially the boots. These days, you can get Victorian style ankle boots, button up boots, granny boots with the extreme pointed toe, and many different variations on the lace up pirate boot. All of these styles are inspired by the Victorian era. There is also the lace-up pointed toe pump, which is a popular seller. There is a fashion movement called Steampunk, which is a trend combining Victorian fashion with science fiction or fantasy to create more edgy look. Accessories that highlight the steam-powered machinery from the 1900s is often the element that makes Steampunk unique. The Victorian shoe is a staple of steampunk, and sometimes the shoes are embellished with a Steampunk flair such as buckles, satin laces, skull charms, or even chrome heels.
The Victorian style today
Victorian style shoes today can be found on several online shopping sites as well as many stores. There is an abundance of ways you can incorporate this type of shoe either to a modern style formal outfit or perhaps a more vintage look. If you’re going vintage in your clothing, then you’ll need to stick to anything lace, high-necked, and tight fitting, but without showing a lot of skin. Skirts always go below the knee, and fabrics are thick, such as velvet and polyester. Peasant blouses, or corsets add that vintage appeal as well. If you really want to go all out, try some petticoats, bustles, or ruffles. Victorian style shoes these days come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you can easily pair a simple, long, cocktail dress with a pair of Victorian style ankle boots or pumps. The shoes can come in a variety of fabrics such as leather, velvet, and calfskin just to name a few. The trick is to keep your formal wardrobe sleek and not overly revealing. Wearing clothes that are Gothic or steampunk in style are excellent ways to show off some button up Victorian era boots or pumps. There are so many different styles of the Victorian shoe out there right now, and some pretty wild variations are being made everyday, so finding the perfect shoe for your event should be an adventure through history and beyond.