Make Modern Shoes Historical (on a Budget!) | DIY Historical Fashion



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One of the more challenging aspects of historical fashion is to find historical shoes to match your ensemble. Whilst there are historical replicas out there, oftentimes those options can prove expensive or inaccessible. Sometimes, there simply isn't a style that matches your colour palette. These are some of the issues I ran into designing the new historical dress (and accessories) I'm working on, so I decided to do a little DIY historical fashion using a modern shoe base and building from there.

In this video, I offer up what to look for when selecting your modern shoe base, along with the steps of the process I took to transform my DIY shoes. This definitely isn't a one shoes fits all solution, but if you're wanting to accessorise your historical ensemble on a budget, or simply have a more customisable option, this is a great place to start.

I hope you enjoyed watching this video and it has offered up some useful ideas! Thanks so much!

Yours, etc.
V. Birchwood

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Sources:
Goal Shoe Example:
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/84337
Shoe Clips:
C. 1900 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/107301
C. 1920 - https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_humanhistory-object-10646?p=5&pht=True&ooc=True&k=shoe&ordinal=5
Strap Style:
Wrap Ribbons 1830s - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/112724
Wrap Ribbons 1812 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/108371
No Strap ca. 1880 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/112831
With Strap 1887 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/112835
Toe Shape:
Round Toe 1888 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/141901
Square Toe Mid 19th-century - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/84623
Pointed Toe 1780-99 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/112667
Curved Heel:
C. 1875-85 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/156311
1720-49 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/156201
1690-1700 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/79101
C. 1910 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/90440
Shoe Buckles:
Late 18th century - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/104724
Late 17th century - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/122386
Ca. 1880 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/157878
C. 1901-1910 - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buckles,_pair_(AM_2000.68.12-1).jpg
Auckland Museum, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Victorian Renaissance Revival Fashion:
1890 - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/159452
1890-93 Bodice - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/92339
1890s - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/81511
1879 - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leighton_Brownlow.jpg

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