Since delving into the world of vintage lingerie, foundations, corsetry and hosiery, I have looked through hundreds if not thousands of images of women in fetish wear. The photos which fascinate me the most are those that were shot in the early twentieth century. To me, they ooze taboo, secrecy, a sense of sexual enlightenment and almost always portray a strong and feminine woman.
Some may see these images as women being exploited for the pleasure of men. However, I see them differently; at a time when women had very little standing in society, they were given props such as whips and stood or sat in dominating poses, conveying power. In the twenty-first century when nudity is accepted and seen as a part of daily life (in some cultures anyway), these images are still shocking and controversial.
Shoes have played an important role in adding sex-appeal to a woman’s overall look, and have long been the subject of fetishism. Shoes change the way in which women move and walk, Marilyn Monroe was rumoured to have had an inch cut off one heel on each pair of shoes she wore, to make her hip on that side shift even more laterally. Wearing shoes and nothing else makes nudity all the more audacious. Adding masculine shoes to an otherwise feminine outfit can transform the wearer to appear a lot more authoritarian. Shoes can very subtly change the mood of a photo, and they have a place in the underwear world.
Shoes are items that I tend to neglect when it comes to photographing my undergarments, for two reasons – Firstly I struggle to find ‘sexy’ shoes in my size, I have a very thin European size 43 foot. Secondly I don’t want to distract from the underwear in the photo with anything additional such as shoes. However, I’m starting to find shoes that fit with my aesthetic and that are available in my size! As such, I’m hoping to add more exciting footwear into my professional shoots and daily outfit posts.
Royal Vintage Shoes have been kind enough to make me one of their brand ambassadors, which is a huge honour. The first pair of shoes that jumped out at me were the black Tango 1920s Lace Up Boots, the aforementioned early 20th century images popped-up in my head as soon as I saw them!
These boots have some very obvious influences pulled from the 1920s, which I love! The front lacing appears to have been quite common back in the twenties, but it is a very unique feature that is rarely done well in modern footwear.
Another detail that I really appreciate is the height of the heel; not only is it true to the era which it was inspired by, but I can walk in them! As I’m almost six foot tall, I’m not in the habit of wearing high heels as I hate towering above everyone else. As such, I tend to walk like Bambi on ice in high heels! These heels are elegant and practical which get two thumbs up from me.
The boots are made of leather with a ribbon to tie up the front. They are extremely comfortable and fit my feet perfectly. This is my second pair of shoes From Royal Vintage Shoes and the service has been great on both occasions, which is something I rely on when buying from overseas (RVS are based in the US). I seriously advise you to look at the beautiful selection of shoes that are on offer, especially if you have big feet like me!
These boots are also available in OxBlood red, which are also DELICIOUS!
I will leave you with some shots of me wearing my new Tango boots!
Expect to see lots more photos of me in underwear and shoes this year!