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Brocaded Silk Shoes: James Adams, London Shoemaker, 1770s

I viewed these elegant court pumps from the collection of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, in Plymouth, MA. ( on my summer research road trip in 2018. They are stunners. Vibrant, with high quality finish work, these c.1770s brocaded silk...
From: SilkDamask on 21 Jun 2019

A Little History of ... Hamilton / Schuyler 18th Century Shoes

New American Duchess "Hamilton" / "Schuyler" 18th Century Shoes for men and women.Next in our line up of new men's (+ women's) styles are the beautiful "Hamilton" (mens) / "Schuyler" (womens) 18th century latchet shoes.We based the Hamilton / Schuyler...

Meet our New Theatrical Footwear Line!

American Duchess Spring/Summer 2019 Theatrical LineWe are trying lots of new things this year in shoe-company-land. For years we have (rather unexpectedly) supplied historical footwear to the opera, ballet, and theater, shoeing many fantastic performers...

A Little History of...Albert / Bertie Regency Pumps

Zack Pinsent for American DuchessThis season we're very excited to launch our new men's styles....which are also women's styles!One of our most basic and versatile styles is the Albert / Bertie pump. We based the Albs on several extant pairs of men's...

Pre-Order is Open at American Duchess

Pre-Order is OPENatAmericanDuchess.comApril 18 - May 10Wow, where do we even start! There is so much new stuff this season!You won't want to miss these! Men's and women's sizes for pumps, flat 18th century latchet shoes, and Hessian boots.New MENS collectionWe...

SALE! It's Spring Cleaning Time!

Woo! It's our annual Spring Cleaning Sale!We have many beautiful styles coming into bloom for you this season. Check out these deals...Amelie - $75 ($120) - These beautiful satin Edwardian slippers come in a variety of colors, each with a matching set...

Historical Reproduction Winter Boots For You

It's that time of year when the weather goes cold and you're wanting a nice pair of boots to slog around in...historically, of course. Ladies of the past had a broad assortment of winter footwear to choose from - tall boots, overshoes and carriage boots,...

American Duchess Weekend SALE!

It's that wonderful time of year when things go on sale, like, everywhere. EVERYWHERE!This year we have these goodies for you....Dunmore 18th Century Shoes in Black Wool with Fleur Buckles - ON SALE for $120Dunmore 18th Century Shoes in black wool - $120...

A Little History of "Vienna" Victorian Congress Boots

With the release of our shiny new "Vienna" Congress Boots this season, we thought we'd give a little history of this interesting, rather special kind of footwear.In the US the elastic-sided boot was known as the "Congress Boot" or "Congress Gaiter."...

Fall Pre-Order is OPEN!

American Duchess F/W2018 Pre-Order is open Aug 30 - Sept 20 at AmericanDuchess.comLadies! It's time for NEW historic shoes and boots! It's "go big or go home" this Fall and we've poured our hearts and soles into creating many gorgeous new designs for...

The Celluloid Heels of the 1920s

Celluloid Heels tells the captivating story of the first man-made plastic - celluloid and its use in footwear. In the 1920s, wooden celluloid covered heels, decorated with rhinestones were in all the rage.  Like the artistically designed...
From: SilkDamask on 17 Aug 2018

A Little History of "Sophie" 18th Century Mules

The Laundress, 1761, by GreuzeMules! (AKA Slippers!) Did you know that mules were incredibly common in the 18th century?Women of all social classes wore them in various materials (silk, wool, leather), both as indoor and outdoor wear, and it's easy to...

June 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (June 24, 1768).“Shoes, as neat and Strong as ever was made or brought from the famous Shoe Town of Lynn.” When Samuel Foster, a cobbler, set up...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Jun 2018

Lost In New York: Redthreaded and American Duchess Hit the Big Apple

Adventures in New York City!Back in May I visited New York's becoming a weirdly regular occurrence and that's no bad thing. I love NYC. I love it - magical things always seem to happen!On this trip, I met up with Cynthia of Redthreaded,...

PRE-ORDER: Kensingtons for ALL!

My lovelies, today we have a *major* announcement for you. Lovers of 18th century costume rejoice, for our most popular "Kensington" 18th century shoes are now available in a range of colors...and sizes...*and widths*...and even vegan!Wait, what? Did...

New Kensingtons Are Coming...

Ladies, we have a *big* announcement coming soon...If you want the inside scoop, click through to sign up for the email notification list. 

How to Fit 18th Century Shoe Buckles

You've just got yourself a fine new pair of American Duchess 18th century shoes and you ordered some sparkly 18th century shoe buckles to go with them. Now what?Fitting shoe buckles is an archaic skill that disappeared when shoe buckles fell out of fashion....

May 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (May 13, 1768).“Not be obliged to wear out one Pair of Shoes, coming after another.” Zechariah Beal, a cobbler, placed an advertisement in the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 May 2018

Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Image, Strawbery Banke; Photograph, Ellen McDermottShoes reveal the hopes, dreams, and disappointments of the early Americans who wore them. In Treasures Afoot, Kimberly S. Alexander introduces readers to the history...
From: SilkDamask on 6 Apr 2018

A Little History of "Eliza" Early Victorian Shoes

American Duchess "Eliza" Early Victorian Oxfords in brownToday in our "little history" post I'll give you some background on our new split-vamp oxford "Eliza."The idea for the "Eliza" shoes came from the growing interest in the 1830s and 1840s in the...

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