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The History of Mary Jane Shoes

The new Prism collection features not one but two splendid Mary Janes, Anna May (3 inch heel) and Millie (1.75 inch heel). We have been working on these babies for a looooong time, making sure the new last shape and everything else about them were absolutely...

All About Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon, 1931 Have you heard of Anna May Wong? Anna May is widely considered to be the first major Chinese-American film star, and she is the namesake of our new Anna May Mary Jane shoes. The New “Anna May” high-heeled...

“Prism” by American Duchess – August 2022 Pre-Order is Open!

The new “Prism” collection is now ready! This collection is all about colors, presenting several new colorways in AD classics, along with a new design in two different heel heights. Before we jump in, here’s the scoop: “Prism” by American...

#ADEurope – Shoes Are Now In Stock!

At last! At LAST! It’s taken what seems like an age to work through all the funky bugs of setting up our European website and shipping hub, but the amazing tech team here at ADHQ has finally done it. We have received our first big shipment of shoes...

Bastille Day Sale!

It’s time for our annual mid-year sale! There’s *a lot* on sale – some super-duper clearance Last Chance stuff and some new things that haven’t been on sale before, so have a look! American Duchess Bastille Day SaleJuly 1 – July 15,...

Shoes for Service: 1940’s Wartime Oxfords

Jane Oxfords in cordovan During the second World War, over 400,000 women served in the US military, and nearly half a million women served in the British military. In fact, women served in the military all over the world, and in resistance forces too!...

We’re Sports People Now: A Brief History of Victorian/Edwardian Tennis Shoes

Our latest pre-order features an especially fun style; a reproduction Victorian/Edwardian sporting shoe! This shoe is the ancestor of our modern sneakers. We call our version the “Kedwardian’ (heh heh). We were primarily inspired by this c.1905 pair...

Jazz Standards – Introducing the New Vintage Collection

At last, we’re proud to present a big new collection of vintage shoes that hit all the right notes, the “Jazz Standards” Collection. These are the classics, the quintessential styles of the early 20th century, the shoes every retro-lover should...

Heck Yeah, Witch Shoes

This month we’re all about unexpectedly ‘modern’ designs in historical fashion. The May ’22 “Avant-Garde” collection explores bold colors and geometric shapes in 1930s/40s shoes, and also an older trend, the late Victorian and Edwardian love...

A Little History of Shocking Pink

For the first time in American Duchess history, we’ve created shoes in several very strong pinks, all drawn from and inspired by a late 1930s “Surrealist” palette. As with many things in historical fashion, the accuracy of seemingly modern visual...

Bold Moves – The “Avant Garde” Vintage Shoe Collection with Karolina Zebrowska

Today is quite an exciting day. We’re proud to introduce a new capsule collection in collaboration with Karolina Zebrowksa! The story of this collection is rather amusing. In 2020, Karolina posted a video, “Why Is No One Talking About 1930s...

The “Star Princess” Camille Boots

The stuff sparkly dreams are made of. Back when we did the color poll for the Camille Edwardian Boots, we got a fair few comments about doing them in metallic silver and powder blue because they looked very similar to the “Star Princess” costume...

Ivory Shoes!

A very classic colorway, so versatile and lovely – we’re now offering our most popular designs in ivory leather, and – no surprise – most of them are the Edwardians. Shoes in ivory are the perfect complement to lingerie dresses, light summer blouses...

Shoe Plans, Oh Yes!

Wherein I tease you. Some shoe development updates have been requested, and it being the beginning of sparkling new year, it’s the perfect time to share with you some of the things we have on the boil coming up for 2022. Often with product development,...

Regency Pre-Order – USA & Europe – SALE!

It’s that crazy time of year where we have way too much to tell you all at once (and so does everybody else in e-commerce), so I guess I’ll just start with…everything in random order! First up, our long awaited and much anticipated Regency collection...

Bessie Coleman & Black Women in Aviation {Fundraiser}

This month we’re very proud to introduce the “Bessie” Aviator Boots, something of a “holy grail” of vintage reproduction shoes that I’ve wanted to produce for years. We’ve named them after Bessie Coleman, the first Black and Indigenous American...

“Adventurous” Boot Collection is Open for Pre-Order

Pre-Order is openOctober 29 – November 12, 2021Women’s US Sizes 5 – 12Free Shipping & Returns on USA OrdersLayaway Plans Available for USA & Canadian Orders Too. It’s time for October/November pre-orders! Yes, more! This collection...

A Little History of Mary/Marlowe Elizabethan & Jacobean Shoes

Anyone who has ventured down the Renaissance Rabbit Hole has at some point run into The Shoe Problem. What the heck did the Tudors, Elizabethans, and Stuarts wear upon their feet? And where can you get shoes like that? One of the surviving examples...

The “Velvet” Collection – Pre-Order Now Open

Get ready for one heck of a Fall/Winter season. We’ve been finalizing *so* many new styles and *so* many new colorways, and I’m stoked to introduce the first of four Fall collections: “Velvet by American Duchess.” We actually didn’t plan...

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