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My Favorite Historical Fashion – It’s the Shoes

Collette CameronAnyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them.

With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.

What, I’m the only one who gets that excited over used shoes?

The colors, the fabric, the embellishments! Lace, ribbons, jewels, beads, and ruffles. Satin, silk, fine leather, or appliqued. Yes, please.

From violet silk evening slippers with crystal buckles to embroidered gold satin shoes with a dainty one-inch heels and pointed toes, they shout privilege and opulence.

Imagine the lovely lady taking to the floor for her first waltz in a pair of bejeweled pumps, or dipping into a curtsy, her red-heeled shoes hidden beneath her immense court dress.

True, some of the fashions look horribly painful to wear, let alone walk in, but the others . . . such detail and adornment. Sigh. Okay, some of them are downright garish with immense silk flowers and atrocious amounts of paste beads, metal thread, and painted decorations. And those are the men’s shoes.

Still, how can you not daydream about the wearer? Did they find true love? Were they a decent person or a fiend? The shoes will never tell you.

My favorite shoes are a pair of cobalt velvet pumps I’ve only worn a couple of times. I do have a stunning pair of ivory beaded satin ballet slippers I haven’t worn yet. I’ll be wearing them in July, though.

Are you a shoe person? If not, is there some other piece of clothing or accessory you find yourself buying way too many of?

About the Book:
She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.


About the Author:
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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