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The Victorian boots I bought were really scuffed so I scoured the internet to find London’s best cobbler (no easy task). I went to one of those recommended and he examined my boots and then told me that the leather itself had discoloured and the only way to get them white or cream was to paint over them! It seemed obscene to me to paint over 100 year old leather so I went to another cobblers to get a second opinion. It happened to be just around the corner from where I was living at the time and I’d read that they mended shoes sent to them by the major fashion houses. They took my boots promising to clean them but with no guarantee as to how they’d turn out. A nerve-tingling week later I went to collect them and hurrah they were like new!

They were one of my favourite things to wear at the wedding (and super comfortable) and I was so glad we managed to resurrect these beautiful boots.

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From now until the wedding I have decided to try and wear heels for at least a couple of hours a day. In my early 20s I was never parted from my chunky heeled boots. Then I started wearing more flat shoes and whenever I had to go anywhere in the city I would walk as I found it a great time to think (my trip to work is 50 minutes fast paced walk from my front door). So now when I wear heels it KILLS within about 2 hours and I can barely concentrate on conversation. Usually when this happens, I wear back up flats or go barefoot.

But for the wedding I want to be able to wear my boots for at least most of the day. So I am determined to ‘train’ my feet again hence practising in heels for a few hours daily. Anyone else worried about how their feet will feel on their wedding day or are you relying on adrenaline to pull you through?

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I’ve bee spring cleaning lately and trying to sort through two wardrobes of clothes and shoes. I hardly ever throw anything away so I thought it was about time to make clear some space. And with all that space what’s left to do but go and buy some new clothes (I can already hear the despairing voice of my fiancé shouting ‘Nooooo!’)?
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There were lots of old clothing and shoe treasures that I’d forgotten about including these glorious gold heels I had bought in the sales years ago. I’ve never had any opportunity to wear them and it suddenly occurred to me what great wedding shoes they’d make.

I already have a pair of Victorian wedding boots that I adore but I’m going to try these shoes on with the dress just in case. Why can’t a bride have two pairs of shoes?!

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I stumbled across a new inspiration board maker called Polyvore. It allows you to create using images form the internet, trend boards very much like those you find in fashion magazines. The idea is that you can click on each of the items and you can go to the online shop where you can buy the same item. Above is my first attempt trying to create a Victorian wedding board.

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If you read my earlier blog post you’ll know that I have ordered a pair of original Victorian boots for wedding. They arrived in the post today! If you’re looking for vintage items I’d highly recommend 1860-1960 a website run from America. A great selection of items and my boots arrived perfectly packaged and including a little sachet of lavender.

Although the boots looked freakishly small they fit my feet perfectly. I must have smaller and more freaky feet than I realised! It seems a good sign to me that they fit so well. Like it was meant to be. They need a bit of cleaning as the white leather is dirty and I need to change the laces (they are over 100 years old after all!) but they are in great shape.

Inside the top of the boot in gold italic is printed ‘J.L. Hudson Co. Detroit’. After a bit of investigation it turns out that J.L. Hudson was the name of a department store on Woodward Avenue, Detroit.

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At 25 stories, it was the world’s tallest department store, and was at one time home to the most exceptional offerings in shopping, dining, services, and entertainment. The store prided itself on stocking everything from grand pianos to spools of thread. In addition to departments offering fashionable clothing and home furnishings, the original Hudson’s store featured an auditorium, a circulating library, dining rooms, barber shops, a photo studio, holiday exhibits, a magnificent place called Toytown, and the world’s largest American flag. Strange to think it housed my boots at one time too.

If anyone knows more about the department store please get in contact!

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Ah my boots! From the beginning I had decided not to wear traditional shoes although there are so many beautiful examples about such as these Christian Louboutin or these. And who says that the shoes have to be conventional?

I decided I wanted white leather boots – neat and perfectly formed and perfect for a winter wedding. Initial research on the net soon proved that finding these boots would be difficult. There were satin examples and cowboy boots but nothing that I liked. Then I found the perfect example on an American vintage clothing website. They are exactly what I’m looking for: white, leather, elegant, lace-up and I love the fact that they have some history to them. They are Victorian era boots from around 1900 and were originally wedding boots. I’d love to know what the Victorian bride who wore them looked like and how surprised she’d be to think a bride in the 21st Century would be wearing them.

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