Astoria Titanic Shoes- Reproduction Shoes (Great for Dancers)

One of the most difficult parts about creating a historical costume is choosing  shoes. Finding information about historical footwear online is hard enough but buying reproduction shoes can be next to impossible. Shoes are expensive to make and usually need to be sold at very high prices to break even.

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“Astoria” Titanic Shoes

Luckily American- Duchess is changing all of that. She has launched a new Titanic shoe “Astoria” which is not only very reasonably priced but more importantly accurate in style to the time period. The three cross over straps with buttons, low heel, and rounded pointed toe just scream back to the Titanic era. The design is based on a pair of antique 1910 Edwardian shoes similar to pairs found in the Titanic wreckage:

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1910 Edwardian Shoes

 

 

Some Advantages of the Astoria Shoes:

  • Two color choices are only the beginning. The Ivory shoes can be painted or dyed to any color you like. Match your dress or keep it neutral for all future costumes the choice is yours. Coloring is not hard and can be done at home (instructions on American-Duchess blog) or professionally dyed by a local cobbler.
  • They are designed with dancers in mind. The smooth leather soles make these shoes ideal for dancing. Most other shoes will have rubber soles which are not good for dancing. If you are going to attend a Titanic tea dance or formal ball these are your best options for shoes. For non-dancers they are still ideal. The leather soles are every durable for any kind of flooring.
  •  They are built on a B width last which means they will fit like typical dress shoes. International sizes can be easily found by searching for a International shoe chart and picking your corresponding american shoes size. While these shoes fit true to size if you like a little extra room in your toes you may want to order one half size up. These shoes were built for modern feet so needing to make major adjustments to your shoe size is not necessary (thank God!)
  • The leather body makes these easy to apply beads, rhinestone, lace applique and other decorations for a one of a kind Titanic shoe. I used stick on rhinestone stickers made for scrap booking to decorate my Astoria shoes.

1920's shoes

Possible Disadvantages of the Astoria shoe

  • They are NOT available in wide or narrow widths or sizes smaller than 6 or larger than 12. Because of the unique nature of manufacturing small batches of shoes the standard B width is the only option. In the future more options may be available. I have a medium to slightly wide foot in 6 to 6.5. I wear a 7 in the Astoria.
  • Price. While I find $135 very reasonable for the quality of these shoes it is still out of budget for many shoppers. If this is you consider buying modern shoes with an Edwardian look or make your own such as these:
Angel Steps(TM) Sylvia Pump
 

Angel Steps(TM) Sylvia Pump

$29.99

Buy at: AmeriMark

Dyeables - Ann (Women's) - Black Satin
 

Dyeables - Ann (Women's) - Black Satin

$76.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Angel Steps(TM) Ashton Dress Pump
 

Angel Steps(TM) Ashton Dress Pump

$29.99

Buy at: AmeriMark

Angel Steps(TM) Macy
 

Angel Steps(TM) Macy

$29.99

Buy at: AmeriMark

Angel Steps(TM) City Street
 

Angel Steps(TM) City Street

$29.99

Buy at: AmeriMark

Naot - Luma (Women's) - Black Crinkle Patent Leather/Black Velvet Nubuck
 

Naot - Luma (Women's) - Black Crinkle Patent Leather/Black Velvet Nubuck

$195.00

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Gentle Souls Remody Black Suede Women's
 

Gentle Souls Remody Black Suede Women's

$143.20

Buy at: PlanetShoes.com

J. Renee - Estee (Women's) - Silver Metallic Fabric
 

J. Renee - Estee (Women's) - Silver Metallic Fabric

$34.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

J. Renee - Estee (Women's) - White Satin/Pearls
 

J. Renee - Estee (Women's) - White Satin/Pearls

$34.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Retro White Satin Ruched Square Toe Bridal Shoes
 

Retro White Satin Ruched Square Toe Bridal Shoes

$64.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Black PU Chunky Flat Heel Front Lace Up Lolita Ankle Boots
 

Black PU Chunky Flat Heel Front Lace Up Lolita Ankle Boots

$68.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Bellini - Philadelphia (Women's) - Black Polyurethane
 

Bellini - Philadelphia (Women's) - Black Polyurethane

$69.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Bellini - Philadelphia (Women's) - Taupe Polyurethane
 

Bellini - Philadelphia (Women's) - Taupe Polyurethane

$69.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Hush Puppies Lonna Mary Jane Women's Dress Shoes (5 M in Dk Grey Leather)
 

Hush Puppies Lonna Mary Jane Women's Dress Shoes (5 M in Dk Grey Leather)

$89.00

Buy at: Hush Puppies

Poetic Licence Time Marches On Black Women's
 

Poetic Licence Time Marches On Black Women's

$95.20

Buy at: PlanetShoes.com

Cut and Paced Flat in Black
 

Cut and Paced Flat in Black

$34.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Sofwear(R) Davie
 

Sofwear(R) Davie

$29.99

Buy at: AmeriMark

Josef Seibel Tina 23 Black Women's
 

Josef Seibel Tina 23 Black Women's

$150.00

Buy at: PlanetShoes.com

Only Thames Will Tell Flat in Black
 

Only Thames Will Tell Flat in Black

$49.99

Buy at: ModCloth

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