Enchanting, fragile and impractical, French shoes of the early 1900s, intended for the ballroom or boudoir, were luxuriously created in silk or satin. The fabric covered a gracefully contoured leather body and was often embroidered to match a gown. Intricate hand beading, embroidery and applique often helped to preserve the slipper as it disintegrated from wear. I designed this shoe based on early examples, using the same proportions and Spanish heel so popular in 20th century styles. The Parisian Silk Shoe is enameled in soft aqua blue and features a vamp 'embroidered' in raised morning glory vines, leaves and flowers. 2-2.25" x 3/4" x 1.25" You will receive one shoe nestled inside a box suitable for gifting. The shoe stand may be ordered separately here.
Each of the shoes in my History of Shoes collection is a three-dimensional, finely sculptured miniature, entirely manufactured in our Los Angeles studio. Note the photo with the coin to show size and scale. Cast in jewelry metal and ornamented in enamels and fine crystal, they are vehicles of imagination and escape like the shoes in fairy tales. You will receive one shoe nestled inside a box suitable for gifting.
The inspiration... Rising hemlines of the 1920s raised eyebrows. Exposing first the ankle, then the knee, shoes were made plainly visible. They became a central article of fashion, designed to match apparel and change with the seasons. Elevated heels accentuated the female silhouette in motion, whether a seductive stride or a dance floor routine.
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