Shoes I’d Maim For: Party Like it’s 1899

[editor’s note: we may or may not hear from Ally today. We’re told that taking care of a newborn is a lot of work. And apparently newborns are a higher priority than blogging. We wouldn’t know. We have cats. But we understand that Children’s Services would frown upon blogging over feeding.]

L-A: Aside from the fact that it’s my birthplace and that two of my favouritest people in the entire world live there (one of whom has seen me make some serious Fashion Don’ts…hello clamdiggers and neon! She probably has photographic evidence of it that I hope she will take to her grave), one of the reasons I really want to visit St. John’s is so I can stop in Twisted Sisters Boutik.  I have heard nothing but great things about this store. And from the looks of the wares featured on their blog, the praise is spot on.  What really caught my eye was the new boots and shoes they have from Bos & Co and Fly London. They are to maim for. I kid you not.

So I started to browse around the sites of these two shoe companies. Because I know I love Bos & Co (I have an awesome pair of black peep toes by them and they are about as comfortable as you can expect for a shoe of its height. I’m backed up on this by my favourite lawyer, M, who is a lawyer and therefore totally to be trusted) and I’ve always liked the look of Fly London, even though I haven’t bought anything by them. One of the things I’m really enjoying about their fall collections is that they are totally turn of the century hot. I’m talking party like it’s 1899 hott. Check it out:



So awesome, non?  Both Anne Shirley and the Gibson Girls would maim for those suckers. Don’t believe me? Well check out these early 20th century bad boys from the collection at the Bata Shoe Museum:

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Apparently that’s how they did menswear inspired back in the day.

It’s not surprising that I would like this style of shoe. When I was about knee high to a grasshopper, I was crazy for books like Anne of Green Gables and the Little House on the Prairie. My cousins and I ate that shit up. We’d even pretend we the characters.

Seriously. Loved it. I even tried to dress like that (remember, I said I was knee high to a grasshopper, so fashion mistakes are allowed. Even gingham based mistakes). And while I don’t recommend dressing like Laura Ingalls Wilder, I do like the new take on the shoes of her time.  Let’s look at some more shall we? Okay! Here are three pairs from Fly London and a pair from La Canadienne that fits with the theme (because I love La Canadienne boots and fully intend to buy a pair once I’m no longer a poor student):

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sources: Fly London & Zappos.

So much pretty. And what would a Gibson Girl think of those shoes?


You got that right sister. They are awesome.

Mind you, I have no idea what I’d wear any of those boots with. They go with nothing that I currently own. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery? I’m serious…because if I buy a pair, I want to look awesome and not like I’m dressing as ye olde Ingalls sister for Halloween.

[editor’s shopping note: Halifabulous ladies can find both Bos & Co. and Fly London at Comfort Zone in Park Lane. If you know of any other spots that sell them, let us know. La Canadienne is listed as being sold at Winsby’s and Mahone Bay Trading Company. Apparently Twisted Sister will sell you shoes even if you don’t live in St. John’s]

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