Victorian Lace-Up Boots
I absolutely adore Victorian lace-up boots. You know the boots I'm talking about, ladies. Every woman should have at least one pair.
They are often called Victorian boots, granny goots, goth or gothic boots, or even witch boots, but they all generally refer to some variation of the type of boots illustrated here. Typically, they are black, but tans, browns, creams and white are very popular as well.
They are form-fitting and accentuate a woman's calves and ankles. They are comfortable to wear and offer good ankle support. Some have zippers on the side so that you don't have to lace and unlace them each time.
Victorian boots create a look of sleek look of authority, style and grace that is hard to match with other footwear.
The Victorian & Edwardian Eras
The Victorian era was from 1837 until 1901 and the Edwardian era, named after Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII, began in 1901 and lasted until 1910.
Women's ankles were to be covered to protect them from men's prying eyes. Ironically, the intricate tight lacings of the ankle boots had a titilating effect.
The higher, front-laced 19th Century shoes/boots became more popular when Queen Victoria started wearing them at her Scottish castle Balmoral. The two-toned lace up boots have become known as Balmorals.
The typical walking boot was lined with flannel, had a half inch heel and cost about $5.50.
The Fascination with Lace-Up Boots Begins
When I was in grade school, around 3rd or 4th grade, I remember going on a school field trip to tour several historic homes in the nearest big city.
With utter fascination, I watched the narrator point out various antiques and memorabilia on display in the first house we went to.
That's when I saw them.
She showed us a pair of black Victorian lace-up woman's boots. I had never seen anything like them.
Growing up in Texas, I have certainly seen my share of cowboy boots. Being a child of the 60s, I have also seen teens wearing go-go boots.
I saw so much more in this pair of boots than just a fashion trend. I saw such style and sophistication in this pair of gently worn boots. They just seemed so classy to me. I pictured the woman who wore them to be authoritative and strong. They just didn't seem like the type of boots a meek subservient woman would wear.
I aspired to be the type of woman that would wear that type of boot. I think this experience helped to formulate much of who I am today.
Grab Some of That Feeling for Yourself
I'm telling you ladies, there is nothing that makes me feel more feminine or in control than when I'm wearing Victorian lace-up boots.
If you have owned a pair or two before, then you know what I'm talking about.
If you've never owned a pair, you owe it to yourself to feel your sassy sexy best. I bet you won't be the only one to notice either.
Look at the Choices in Heels!
Great Links and Resources
- Victorian Leather and Lace Wedding Boots by KCC Big Country
Victorian Leather and Lace Wedding Boots are a highly sought after wedding accessory for today's bride. I have adored Victorian lace-up boots since my childhood. I have written another hub about that...
- Boots-A Sexy Accessory for Every Woman by KCC Big Country
I was four years old the year Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking" was released. I quite vividly remember having a pair of white cowgirl boots that I adored. I remember hearing Nancy sing that...
- Victorian and Edwardian Photographs- Costume Research Library
Victorian & Edwardian photographs
- Antique Women\'s Fashions 1825-1840
History of antique women's clothing from 1825 to 1840 by Heather Palmer.
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