My birthday shoes arrived this morning! It’s the 23 Skidoo shoe by indie designer American Duchess (aka Lauren). I’ve been drooling over this design since she first posted them last year and now they’re mine!
For those who don’t know, the American Duchess is a costumer/designer. She began designing shoes a while back because she couldn’t find good shoes to wear to historical re-enactments. I love that: can’t find what you want, so you invent it. Wow, what an inspiration.
I mean that literally- Lauren’s shoe pre-sales inspired me to try something similar with patterns. I picked her brain thoroughly when I was preparing to pre-sale Tiramisu. She was really helpful and encouraging to me as a start-up designer.
Now that I have her work in my hands, I’m more impressed. These shoes are nice. The leather is soft and pliable, the stitching is gorgeous, and- they fit. My instep often spills over the sides of cute shoes, but I suspect Lauren had wide feet in mind when she designed the gracefully curving sides. Thank you!
In fact, I was so delighted with my 23 Skidoos that I wore them to teach beginner’s sewing tonight! That’s three hours on my feet, and I’m still impressed. The heel is well balanced, and they are comfortable from the first wear.
Now it’s time to customize the color!! I think I may go fully traditional with black toe and heel caps and a white instep or I may have them painted/dyed with deep red caps and a pale red instep. Or maybe something else! Either way, I’m sure I’ll wear these constantly.
Meanwhile, Lauren is just about to pre-sale her Gibsons. I’m seriously considering picking up a black pair for the “black sensible shoes” hole in my shoe-wardrobe. My old “black sensibles” are tattered and completely disreputable.
What do you think? Traditional or red two-tone? Blues perhaps? Do you like T-straps? How about those Gibsons? Please talk me into them…