|The Duchess blush or York flame, 1791. BM 1868,080.6133|
If I was intentionally shopping for inexpensive Regency-looking shoes, I wouldn't be able to find them. A few months ago I saw this pair of shoes in my Pinterest feed, thanks to Quinn, which has led to some serious Regency shoe shopping.
Ollio Women's Shoe, available on Amazon
Since Kitty Calash and I are preparing for an 1820 event, I couldn't resist the excuse to splurge on super pointy toed shoes...
...so I ordered them in brown. After doing a little research, the shape reminds me of this 1790s pair from the V&A. My new shoes are probably better suited for a late 18th or early 19th century event.
Thanks to Amazon's "People who viewed this also viewed" feature, I was tempted by two other pairs.
Bohemian Belle did a great blog post about last year.
And the Breckelles boots in taupe. (The boots are shown with the printed cotton for the dress I'm wearing to the 1820 program.)
But it gets better! When antiquing in VT last month, I discovered old ballet slippers--that fit.
Regency ballerina style shoes, which differs from the method of lacing pointe shoes around the ankle.
I recruited advice from my ballet teacher, a former NYCB principal, who thought they were mid-century. I agree...
...they have a Cyd Charisse quality to them.
I hope this bit of shopping/research helps inspire others on the path of 19th century foot attire!