This is one of my series of Regency posts, the introduction of which you can find here.
Shoes is probably going to be the shortest Regency post I’m going to construct, one because I’ve never really had a fondness of shoes, and two there’s a very limited amount that they wore in that era. One must at least touch on shoes though, as last Jane Austen Festival I wore heels which were both period inappropriate and kept catching on the back of my skirt as I walked.
Having period-perfect shoes would be difficult, because they just don’t make shoes like that nowadays and mostly our feet are used to WAY more support than flimsy leather slippers.
In portraits, shoes that need to be tied up around the ankle (like ballet shoes) seem popular.
While in fashion plates, a simple pump will suffice, which is good for us as everywhere sells pumps all year round.
I got all of these from either H&M or New Look, showing just how readily available era-appropriate shoes are.
I’m considering simply adding my own ties to a set of normal pumps for my outfit, as well as kitting it out with a little ribbon or small decoration.
You can also make your own shoes using this tutorial, but the last time I tried to make slippers it went horrifically wrong so I won’t be trying that out again any time soon…
This picture always captures my imagination when I see it, as these shoes are infinitely practical and if you’re parading around in the rain you won’t end up with soaking feet! I’ve found the source that these shoes came from, however, and you’d have to fork out quite a bit if you wanted them!
And that’s shoes out of the way, told you it would be short!
Historical Reproduction Shoes (American Duchess)
Regency Shoes 1
Regency Shoes 2