"To wear dreams on one's feet is to begin to give a reality to one's dreams."
Sorry for the radio silence but I've been in Toronto for the last two days. As you may know, I was supposed to be attending two Duran Duran concerts this weekend but after they were cancelled I decided to come to Toronto anyway and just hang out.
The thing I most wanted to do was visit the Bata Shoe Museum. They had two exhibits on that were of interest to me. One on the Roaring 20s and one of shoes by Roger Vivier.
Without further ado
Though clothes in the 1920s became more simple with long, monochromatic shift dresses with dropped waists, shoes and accessories became more elaborate as evidenced by this cloche and these elaborately designed shoes.
Mary-jane straps and t-straps feature prominently during this era.
These shoes were my favourite for a while.
In incomparable Louise Brooks with her ubiquitous flapper bob.
These pretty spectator shoes are pretty plain when compared to later styles by Parisian shoe designers.
In the 20s, women didn't wear sandals. The closest thing were these woven "Lido sandals" - named after the pool area found on cruise ships.
André Pérugia was a shoe designer who made many shoes for the rich and famous. He also pioneered the heel less shoe that has made a reemergence due to Alexander McQueen and Daphne Guinness who made McQueen's version her signature shoe.
Some of Pérugia's fabulous works of art. Love the shoes made of crystals.
These are individually claw-set rhinestones.
My absolute favourite pair with a star burst pattern.
Shoes continued to get more elaborate with rhinestones, cutouts, embroidery but the general style of straps, a low heel and rounded toe endured.
So beautiful! I highly recommend you attend this exhibit if you are a shoeophile like me.
I have to check out of my hotel now. More later.