How Much Has Footwear Fashion Really Changed?

February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Flapper Girl, 1922.

Flapper Girl 1922 Courtesy of The Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-38343 (b&w film copy neg.)

Flapper Girl 1922
Courtesy The Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-38343
(b&w film copy neg.)

Frye dorado

Frye dorado – short

Spanish Boots 1967


Courtesy Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ds-01025 (digital file from original item)

New York, 2014

NYC 2014

Boots, 1920


Bootlegs Courtesy Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-97065
(b&w film copy neg.)

Foolish Fashion 1914

Foolish Fashion  1914

Courtesy Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-28047

The Shoe Box

February 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Vintage Family Shoe Store

Vintage Family Shoe Store

Dale’s Shoes was a shoe store that belonged to a friend of my dad’s named Paulette Paul. My sisters and I called her Aunt Paulette. I remember her father had owned a pharmacy in Manhattan or Brooklyn before she moved to Florida. When I saw this post on Reddit by Reddit member Oktober75  about a family shoe store that had been closed for 40 years, it reminded me of Aunt Paulette. Not her store, but the lost shoes. Her store was bright and colorful and we were always greeted by her cocker spaniel. I remember the large windows that shined sunlight into it. She mostly sold Pappagallo shoes, but also dresses, jewelry and handbags. The store was in Tampa and for a child the ride from St. Petersburg was torture, so arriving at her shop was a treat for us. My older sister remembered a pizza restaurant next door that sold groovy lollipops and my mother said we would get our Mary Jane’s there. When I was a teenager and Aunt Paulette needed to clean out her storeroom she gave me at least 6 or 7 shoe boxes of Pappagallo paisley pumps and a pair of Pappagallo red loafers.



Retro Inspired – Orla Kiely Clarks

Retro inspired Clarks - Orla Milly




Shoe Patent

January 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

_________________SHOE PATENT 11-26-35-cropped


SHOE PATENT 1-3-39 - cropped


Then I created a little pump with a certain bow on it…and that’s what kept us busy…Well that little shoe, forget now what the name… we had a name for it…And I kept on creating new things and I’ll never forget one shoe I created. A step in, kind of an open throat, I remember crossing the instep…there was a piece. There was no, no going there but it had a square on one tag and I got a hold of some buttons, brass buttons, some with pearl, with a loop in the back see? And uh…I put 4 buttonholes and I made the leather different on one side to two of the other. I had been sick. I went down to Bermuda for a few days just when the style show was on. Ben Schwartz cabled me in Bermuda. I forget the name of that shoe now. He says the shoes gotten over big, very big. Now I had patented that design but first thing I knew everyone started to copy it. All Manufacturers. But we did a lot with it. You had to sue them and we didn’t have that much money. We were a small company, see? Cost you and dragged on for 2 or 3 years. By the time the trial comes up the style is all gone, over. Wasn’t worth it. After a while I stopped patenting styles. It didn’t pay.   – Ben Benjamin



Grandpa & Me

Fashion Whiplash

January 9, 2014 § 2 Comments


Love Bill Cunningham! Take a look at what he captured on the streets this week in the video below.

Bill Cunningham | Thrill and Chills – The New York Times

…and here are a few pictures I took in the city on Wednesday when the temperatures had warmed up just a bit. I think it was in the 20’s. 

Manhattan January 9th, 2014


East 58th Street

Woman crossing street


  Nine West, Lexington Ave.

Lexington Ave. Window Display




Kenneth Cole, Lexington Avenue _

White Boot


Hudson River




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