Five months after my super intense excitement of the pre-order of my American Duchess Astorias, they have finally arrived! Luckily, I still have events coming up for which they will be great, though they did miss out on being worn at the Titanic Weekend back in April. Despite their innate cuteness, however, they are going to need some adjusting before I wear them.
Reasons I love them:
- The straps are just so cute! There were a wide variety of shoes with this kind of detail in the Edwardian period and this modern shoe does a fantastic job of capturing that perfectly Edwardian spirit!
- They are super comfortable! It hardly feels like there is a heel on them and the shape of the toe box is just right for comfot.
Things I’m disappointed with and want to change (and my plans for doing so):
- Due to my very narrow flat feet at least half of the straps are about 1/2″ too big, causing unattractive gaping over my foot (the crossed straps look really outstanding when held taut against my foot, but when they gap the shoes just looks messy). Unfortunately, the straps on the Astoria aren’t easily adjustable. The plan: to remove the buttons from their original location and restitch them at the point where the straps want to be when tight.
- I ordered the ivory color of the shoe, and to my eyes it looks very white, and not very ivory. Since I plan to wear the shoes with many clothes where ivory is a featured color, it is important to me that my shoes are ivory and not white. In the photo below you can see how different the shoe looks from the ivory silk background. The plan: to paint my Astorias with Angelus Leather Paint from Dharma Trading Company to be a suitable color.
Well, that’s the plan. Time to start–I’ve got two weeks before I wear them!