colourful shoes

spain is renowned for its ham, olive oil, sherry and shoes…….  i love the multicoloured espadrilles, though its getting harder and harder to find the ones without heels.  cadiz seems to  have a bigger choice of espadrilles and flamenco shoes.  i love the cobbled entrance of our hallway, its dating from the 12C .


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shoes from vintage hemmingway

i love the vintage fairs that wayne hemmingway puts on – so much fun and effort – the last one was in kings cross and i managed to get these simple black lace up shoes – unused dead stock in my size!  apparently they were prison shoes!  they cost me £8 – now thats a bargain.

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i bought these shoes for maude in an old fashioned shoe shop in spain – they remind me of my youth when you dressed up for sundays, may day, whitsuntide;  its sad that kids of today prefer trainers or even worst crocs.

the history of shoes

if you love shoes then go and see the exhibition , Shoes:Pleasure and Pain at the V and A – it shoes how shoes have changed over the centuries, including some beautiful examples of  hand made shoes, but also extreme and extraordinary pairs of shoes that consider cultural significance.   with my chinese heritage I have to admit I was appalled to see the size of the chinese slippers that the women wore after having their feet bound.