Lauren, the American Duchess, is a widely respected historical-costumer-for-hire and shoe designer. When she started making shoes, I was fascinated. She learned how to design and produce shoes because she couldn’t find shoes she liked to wear for historical events. I respect that- if you can’t find what you want, do it yourself. These shoes are designed for comfort and durability. Comfortable, pretty and hard-wearing? Yes, thank you!
I watched each new release, debating with myself about its wearability in my wardrobe. I don’t go to historical re-enactments, but I do wear more or less whatever I please and finding durable, interesting shoes with a low heel is hard. I hate shopping. That’s why I sew. Enter- The Astoria.
Have you seen the Astoria shoe? It’s wonderful.
Now, for most of my adult life I’ve always had a pair of red shoes. I like them and wear them, consistently. The Astoria looks great in black or white, but I see them for me in red. Sometimes it’s really difficult to picture something like that without seeing it. Luckily The American Duchess posts what I took for coloring pages:
Yes, I think this will do quite well for me. Helpfully, Lauren posts about dyeing your shoes. I do so much of that kind of thing, I’m not worried about trying it. I can always just take them to the steampunk gentleman cobbler in the basement of the Myer Center downtown who always resoles my shoes- he’d dye them in no time. Now it’s just a matter of saving my pennies so I can have some lovely red Astorias to pair with my vintage-inspired work wardrobe.
Lauren is taking reduced-price pre-orders ($25 savings!) through her site now for black or white colors.
This saddle-shoe t-strap, 23Skidoo, is coming out soon. I’m already fantasizing about two-tone blues or reds.
Have you seen her shoes before? Do you own a pair? What are they like? More importantly, do you own any red shoes?