RESERVED -- 1925 Fenton Footwear for Saks Fifth Avenue India-Inspired Novelty Print Silk Brocade & Gold Lamé Evening Shoes
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As the 1920s hemline rose to new (shorter) lengths, more emphasis was placed on footwear than ever before. Shoe makers began experimenting with geometric forms to create more innovative and fashionable footwear to compliment the new woman.
These fabulous evening shoes beautifully reflect all that was popular in shoe making during the Roaring 20s. They are fashioned in a t-strap design, which was the most favored style for ladies of the time, and covered in a striking brown, gold and red silk brocade featuring Indian panoplied sate elephants and a royal being carried in a palanquin.
They also have cutouts in the toe box and thin gold lamé decorative lines on the toe and heel that give the shoe an Art Deco look, which also was popular. The t-strap is made of leather and covered in heavy gold lamé sewn together strips. Where each strap meets the shoe there is a gold ring encrusted in gold rhinestones (all of which are present).
Shoes have a leather upper and a hard leather sole with a Louis heel. The inside footbed is marked Saks Fifth Avenue, Fenton Footwear. The heel is marked size 6 1/2 C (please see measurements and notes below for accurate sizing). These shoes originally sold for $16.50 (which is about $225 today).
Insole Length: 9.75" (fits a foot measuring 9.5")
Insole Width: 3"
Heel Height: 3 1/8"
Size: Marked 6 1/2 C, however, it perfectly fits a modern size 7.5
Label: Saks Fifth Avenue Fenton Footwear
Condition: Very Good
These shoes show overall signs of wear, but there is still a lot of life left in them. Unlike many shoes of the decade, these are in wearable shape as is. Most of the flaws are cosmetic. The silk is beginning to shred near the sole at a few places. However, because of the busy pattern and the tan color underneath (which matches the tan in the fabric), it is not very noticeable. The back of each shoe has a tiny shred spot where the wearer scuffed her heels. The material has faded over time, most noticeably near the toe and heel, but us still pretty vibrant. The gold lamé has worn off where the strap has been pulled through the buckle multiple times. The inside shoe liner needs to be glued at the heel in one of the shoes. Priced accordingly.