Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Fine Fabrics

Rayne were reknowned for their use of high quality leathers, fabrics and innovative new materials. This spanned their whole range of day shoes, evening sandals, boudoir slippers and handbags.

1940s mule in silk and metallic brocade. Medieval knights and princesses reflect a flirtation with tudor styles at the end of the 1940s

Cut velvet (devoree) and satin heels with a floral design bring plush Victorian luxury to these pumps from 1957

Lurex was a synthetic replacement for metal threads invented in the early 50s. Unlike gold and silver it was cheap. Unlike brass and aluminium it didn't tarnish.

Shoes and matching bag from 1959.

Linen, cotton, velvet and silk were also used extensively. Zibeline was used extensively for evening or wedding shoes that could be dyed to match a dress.

Cotton chintz pumps c1958
Linen sandals c1960
Velvet pumps c1960
Silk pumps c1958

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Shoe Icons: Ferragamo Vara Courts

The Vara was designed in 1978 by Ferragamo's daughter Fiamma. It is a plain low heeled court with a grosgrain and metal bow on the toe. Since then it hs become the world's best selling shoe, there are hundreds of variations and the iconic bow has been applied to other styles. There is a Vara for everyone. (Or Varina if you like them really really flat).

From the original plain colours with self coloured bow the range has expanded to patent, suede and satin, leather bows, plastic bows and sequins. The toe and heel shapes have followed fashion and the bow has been applied to high heels and sandals.
When it comes to exploiting your signature style, Ferragamo have nailed it.

Monday, 14 May 2018

A Century of Shoes: 1919

Floral Brocade in 18th century style with a high louis heel by J Costa of Paris c1919.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Stepping Out: New Look Shoes 1948

From the Ideal Home Year Book published at the end of 1948.

Holmes Shoes 1948

First published 8 March 2012 on Vintage Chic

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

It's Spring (At last)

Time to think of sandals (and socks)

Lotus 1946

Brevitt 1947

Joyce 1949

Selby 1953

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Rayne Shoes Exhibition

The latest Rayne: Shoes For Stars exhibition has just opened at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. Check out the details here. Bigger and better than last time, more shoes and the addition of couture frocks by Christian Dior, Norman Hartnell, Molyneux etc, it show the shoes in the context of the clothes worn with them.

If you're in the area go and see it, if you're not, make the effort, it's worth it.