Autumn Shoes 2012

Dear subscribers – apologies for the email last night that linked to …. nothing. I was having serious technical difficulties. Mea culpa.

My usual excitement over fall’s new fashions just isn’t coalescing this year. I had little of my usual fun poring through Vogue and I can’t quite figure out why, though I have my theories which I’ll share in a later post.

One bright spot shining through my fashion malaise are the shoes in some of the collections. I see many possibilities this fall -below are a few of my favorites. I like comfortable shoes that don’t look like “comfort shoes.” This is my “shoes I could actually wear, if not purchase” post.

Cordovan and mustard monk’s shoes by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Either color would look great with a black pencil skirt, tights, and a black cashmere sweater.

The muted tones and supple leather are wonderful on these AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni boots. Black trousers and a charcoal sweater would be great with these. (Did I mention I often choose my shoes first, then my outfit?)

I really like these royal blue tuxedo slippers trimmed in black from Belgian Shoes – they look so luxurious. And yes, they they’d look sharp with the usual black uniform.


If you’re interested in handbags, see my friend Catherine’s post A Touch of Fall – Handbags which includes bags with sequins, ostrich skin, and great shapes – have a look!


More Art Deco Lines

This pretty ring looks like silver with a spinel but it’s actually some kind of pot metal with a glass stone. It has no markings on the inside, and has that rough pot metal look. I really like the strong lines of the ring, and the long, rectangular stone. My guess is it’s from the 1920’s or early 1930s. The sides of the ring remind me of the Chrysler building in New York City.

Musée international de la Chaussure (Europeana)

I was looking for interesting public domain photographs and came across Europeana, a wonderful website with “paintings, music, films and books from Europe’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums.” Their website says that about 1500 European institutions have contributed to the site. My search for shoes in the 1920s led to this amazing pair of pumps made by Hellstern and Sons, a Parisian company founded in 1925. They are white kid leather embellished with black. I can’t quite figure out the translation – it could little black seed pearls or steel beads. BabelFish was no help.

This photo shows is a section of a woolen afghan knitted by my mother’s great aunt in the twenties. The yarns are red, black, and a really interesting beige and cream mixed yarn. I really like the color combination and the geometric shapes.