posted by: jitterbugbaby in Shoe History Corner on June 27th, 2008
Sometimes Friday Shoe History Corner includes shoes that are for sale to any and all comers. But in many of those cases (like Mrs. Henry Ford’s riding boots here), the prices aren’t easy to swallow.
Well, if you dream of owning a pair of historically-styled shoes, your day may just have arrived.
Fugawee is a company that makes custom shoes for men, women, and children that range in period from the French and Indian War to the Civil War (roughly mid-18th century to mid-19th century, if you’re fuzzy on the dates).
They use historically accurate lasts (some of which come in lefts and rights, some of which come straight… ergonomic design came about later) to make shoes that are high quality replicas suitable for any of your period footwear cravings.
Want a pretty Civil War/Victorian era ladies boot? Look no further than the Victoria with its pretty stitching details.
And it’s only about $80! For a leather boot!
I’m not a fan of the boots-over-jeans look, but I have to admit, these would look pretty hot with a modern outfit or a historical reenacting one.
Or if you want to play dress up like a well-to-do lady, then check out the options for brocaded shoes, where you choose your last and send in your own fabric (and $180, which is still pretty damn cheap for made-to-order shoes), and they’ll send you back a shoe like the courtly Jennifer.
The website is a bit difficult to navigate, but the merchandise seems to be high quality indeed, and even their most expensive pairs are a hell of a lot cheaper than shelling out for actual vintage shoes. And, of course, these you could actually wear!