Category Archives: Shoes

Boot and shoe care, c. 1910

In about 1910, the English tobacco company, Gallaher’s Cigarettes, printed a series of 100 “How to do it” cards that included everyday useful and helpful tips including these three for boot and shoe care:

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Canadian boots inspire Italian shoe design?

Another appropriated style to add to the list:

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How to destroy an ego…

Ada Hopkins, who I used to work with at the Bata Shoe Museum, brought my attention to this photograph in the National Library and Archives of Canada. It is identified by the archives as: “Kate Bush and unidentified man holding … Continue reading

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Whoopi’s Shoes

I guess I am the last to know — Whoopi Goldberg apparently loves weird shoes. There’s a Pinterest Board of her shoes here: https://www.pinterest.com/terrydee50/whoopies-shoes/ A reference to some custom shoes she had made by American Duchess: http://americanduchess.blogspot.ca/2014/06/about-whoopi-goldbergs-custom-made-shoes.html A photo board of some … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Lewiscraft Make-a-Moc kits

An article in yesterday’s Toronto Star by Paul Woods recapped the history of Lewiscraft, from the recent publication Lewiscraft Beads and Sequins: The Lewiscraft Story. I am condensing that article here: Lewiscraft was founded by Ed Lewis in 1913 as … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Kinky Boots – 1964

I had NEVER heard this novelty song before – my sister Sue, the former DJ, alerted me to it! Kinky Boots, released in February 1964 with Patrick MacNee (of Avengers fame), and Honor Blackman: Everybody’s going for those kinky boots, … Continue reading

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Shoe designer Joan Helpern 1926 – 2016 (active 1967 – 2000)

Better known as the ‘Joan’ in Joan and David shoes, she and her husband’s eponymous shoe line was a top seller in the 1980s. Born October 10, 1926 in New York, divorcee Joan married widower David Helpern in 1960. His … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Ingledew’s

In today’s world of conglomerates and fast fashion it is surprising to learn that there is a Canadian shoe store that has been in business for over a century and is still a family-owned business – that store is Ingledew’s, founded … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to… dome soled sneakers

I remember when these shoes hit the market in the late 1990s and were being touted as the latest easy way to get a great body and improve your health. Launched in 1996 these shoes were originally called Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) … Continue reading

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Reproduction Footwear

There are some sites that offer really good reproduction footwear. Here are four I think offer some of the best: www.sarahjuniper.co.uk – S.B. Juniper offers some really impressive examples of 18th century footwear on her website. I don’t think she makes any … Continue reading

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