Category Archives: Shoes

Canadian Fashion Connection – The Great West Felt Company

In the days before down-filled nylon and double walled synthetic rubber boots, keeping feet warm in cold, snowy weather was made possible with thick felt boots. Felt is an excellent insulator, but only when the weather stays below freezing, its … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Master John

Although ‘Master John’ sounds like some kind of fetish shop, it was actually Toronto’s glam-rock boot shop in the 1970s. Stocked with styles that rivalled Vancouver’s Fox & Fluevog, London’s Terry de Havilland or Los Angeles’ Fred Slatten, John Master … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour…

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Fashionista – Count Alfred d’Orsay (1801-1852)

There have been many fashion leaders who never designed: Kim Kardashian, Twiggy, Madame de Pompadour, Jenny Lind, Lily Langtry, Beau Brummel, and Alfred Guillaume Gabriel – the Count d’Orsay. D’Orsay (1801 – 1852) was a French gentleman who married into … Continue reading

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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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