In lieu of Astorias…

The Astoria from American Duchess

I was SO excited to pre-order my pair of Astorias from American Duchess for an upcoming 1912 themed weekend in April. Unfortunately, the shipment date of the Astoria shoe has been postponed due to some unforeseen production issues, which means I have to find an interim shoe choice for those upcoming April events…

I’ve thought about shoes I currently own, because obviously that is a cost effective solution, but I don’t have anything that is dance-able, walk-able, and 1910s looking all at the same time. So… the current idea is to purchase a new pair of shoes. The idea does have its drawbacks, most importantly including a desire to be cost effective. But a new pair of shoes! I’ve been digging around the web looking for shoe options and I’ve broken the seach down into two categories of possibilities: 1- low heeled strap-y pumps, and 2- mid heeled pumps with a buckle or similar toe decoration. The mid heel pump idea stems from images like the one below–an adorable pair of shoes from the 1910s.

c. 1910 Evening Pumps (The Met)

I have had trouble with the mid heel pump idea becauseI don’t seem to be finding modern shoes with a somewhat correct heel height, that curved in shape, and with a closed toe (even without the toe decoration). I’ve found a few possibilities that have some, but not all, of those qualities. Here are the best options, and there are more on my “In lieu of Astorias…” pinterest board.

The heel height is perhaps a little high, but pretty good. And the toe decoration is super cute. Even love the heel shape. Don't love the narrow heel style for the 1910s (although I think this is a great modern shoe!). Also, it comes in a variety of colors. The price is $43.99, which is a little high for what I'm thinking of spending. These are at zappos.com

These have a pretty good heel, from what I can see. They also have a toe decoration, although it looks rather modern and not Edwardian. It only comes in gold, black, and silver. But the price is just $29.99. These are from amerimark.com

These have a nippped in heal, although it is low for the pump look. It also has a toe decoration of buttons, which seems like a good modern-does-Edwardian shoe possibility. This shoe is only availble in black and is $29.99. It is from bedfordfair.com

These have the right heel height and stockiness, but not quite that curved in shape I like about 1910s shoes. They do have the strap-y look going, which is a plus. They come in a variety of colors and are $19.99. Like the price! They are at bedfordfair.com

Back to the first train of shoe thought: a low heeled shoe with a strap-y 1910s look. I’ve found a few options for this style, although it is a little tricky. There are actually a fair number of t-strap shoes that look very 1920s or 30s-ish, but the simple t-strap isn’t quite the right look for the 1910s strap-y shoe. Here are some of the best low heeled strap-y options. Again, there are more on my “In lieu of Astorias…” pinterest board.

These have a low heel and they are strap-y. They look a little heavy and not quite dainty enough, I think. But they come in a variety of colors and the price is $24.99. They are are amerimark.com

These have a low, slightly curved heel I think. They have an interesting t strap detail. They come in a variety of colors and the price is $29.99. These are at amerimark.com

I  think right now I am leaning towards this last pair of shoes. They seem dance-able and walk-able as well as being sort of generic early 20th century looking, which means that I think I could push them into the 1920s or 30s for dance purposes… I’m just not entirely decided. Do I really need a new pair of shoes? (Of course, the real answer is that I do not need a new pair of shoes… but how often it is nice to have a new pair of shoes simply to have a new pair of shoes!) Or maybe I should go in a pump direction? Ack! It’s really too bad that my Astorias will be just a few weeks too late for these events! (Sad face…) Anyway, I hope that wether you are waiting for Astorias or just looking for Edwardian shoe possibilities these are some helpful ideas!

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4 responses to “In lieu of Astorias…

  1. I think my choice would be the bedfordfair shoe with the double strap and smaller buttons. They look danceable and walkable. Price seems fair. Only drawback is the heel shape, although the height seems about right. For what it’s worth.

  2. Check out ballroom dance shoes. You can find those in satin fabrics, and the heels are usually much more modest than most modern shoes. AND they’re also leather soled….not that anyone but me gets irked by that…

    • 🙂 I actually am a competitive ballroom dancer and own standard shoes (which are closed toe pumps). You’re right that they are good for fabric, heel shape, heel height, and the sole is good for dancing. The down side is that they are not particularly comfortable for long periods of time (of course, when I’m ballroom-ing I’m working my feet really hard, which makes them ache even without the shoes…). I’ll take a closer look at other brands, though, because some of them are much more cost-effective than the brand I compete in and they still have those same positive qualities you mentioned. Thanks for commenting!

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