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An Amazing New Suburban Shoe Shopping Opportunity ~ DSW ~ A Designer Shoe Warehouse Has Opened in Lynnwood, Washington

Friday, September 16th, 2011

A few days ago a new DSW  store opened near my house! I currently live north of Seattle Washington in a suburb called Lynnwood. It is near a mall called Alderwood Shopping Mall which features a Nordstrom and a Macy’s. There is a Nordstrom Rack just outside the mall on a side street. Across the street is a large Barnes and Noble Store with a Starbuck’s Cafe in it. Next to the Barns and Noble in a gigantic Ulta beauty supply and makeup store and a beauty salon. All of these shopping establishments feature copious amounts of free parking in gigantic lots which surround the businesses. Free parking is important. It is conducive to shopping and browsing: going out to lunch, having your hair done, meeting your friends in a leisurely manner. Without free parking you have to worry about running up a huge parking fee or getting a parking ticket. With that in the back of your mind it is hard to hang out and look for ways to spend money! Retailers know this. Of course!

About a year ago large several businesses around us closed down. One was a huge Linens and Things Store. That space was directly across the street from the Nordstrom Rack. The Rack, as people around here call it, is famous for its discounted designer shoes. Only problem is they are always trashed by the time they make it to The Rack! I have never bought a pair of shoes at The Rack because they are always scratched and damaged beyond recognition and that is not a bargain to me! I want my new shoes to be in good condition and my vintage shoes to be in beautiful shape! I take very good care of my shoes. Damaged shoes and clothes are not a bargain in my opinion.

Well, I was in the Alderwood Mall and a woman admired the shoes I was wearing. She asked where I got them. They were Alligator shoes from the 1940’s that I bought about 20 years ago in NYC. After I told her that story she asked if I had been to the new DSW. I said no. She advised me to check it out immediately, so, accordingly, I stopped by on my way home.

The Immense DSW in Lynnwood WA

Check it out! It is huge. And they carry all the name brands that Macy’s and Nordstrom’s carry in the suburban stores. The only difference is that they do not carry only two or three styles of each and one or two colors. They carry every color and every style offered by any given line and they carry it in every size. And they are all in stock right there today, now. The inventory is huge and vast and amazing. The shoes are neatly packed in their boxes under the displays. Everything is well lit and well organized. It is genius, actually. The staff is very nice and available.  It is semi self serve. You walk around, find the shoes you like and pull out the box to try them on. This is great as you do not have to wait for help. but the help is there if you want or need it.

Prices are great. They are discounted way be;ow Macy’s and Nordstrom’s in every case. The percentage of discount differs from shoe to shoe but it is really substantial – due to DSW’s massive buying power I am sure! For example a pair of Nine West shoes I had just seen at Nordstrom for $79 was $59 – the same shoe in the same color. Also available in 4 more colors that Nordstrom didn’t offer!

I had tried to try it on at Nordstrom, but they didn’t have my size in stock. They had called 4 of their stores in the area and looked on the computer. No Nordstrom stores in the state had it. I had paid for it to be shipped to me from another state in my size. Four days later I received an email and a call from the Nordstrom store telling me they could not get it! Even though they had said they could and had made me pay for it already. This has happened to me twice now and I am very tired of it! Nordstrom doesn’t carry enough stock. They won’t transfer items into the store for you to pick up. (They used to do this. No more!) They insist that you pay for them first, promising you it is available. You go home, wait for it, then four days later receive a call and an email saying your order has been cancelled and the item is not available any longer. They pretend it was so popular it is all sold out. The actuality is that they had not ordered enough of it and it is nowhere to be had. This means all the time you spent looking for the item, and coordinating it with your wardrobe was wasted. In the two cases in which this happened to me I also had to return the other items I had shopped for and bought to go with it. This takes up a huge amount of time and is extremely frustrating! It is terrible service. It is no wonder customer’s are fed up!

I am! I am finished with shopping at Nordstrom forever! I find the customer service dreadful. Just today, however, only a week after the above experience, I went back because I needed an item from the cosmetics department. I bought several things. When I got home I emptied the bag to look at my purchase and something major – the blush I had gone there to buy – was missing! The absent minded saleslady had not put it in the bag! This means that I will have to return to the store to get it! She was waiting on several people at once! I called the store, got them to put one aside with my name on it. They apologized. The problem is, I am missing the blush, I cannot do my makeup until I go back and I have to make another trip to the **** store to get this straightened out! This will eat up a big chunk of my time! I do not like it! It is amateur! I do not have time for it!I am busy. I have a lot of other things to do.

Back to DSW. Theoretically, I can drive up to it, park, enter the store, stroll down the aisle until I find the shoes I want, quickly help myself to my size, check out and pay and drive away. I think it is brilliant! I love the immense selection and style availability. They tell me it will be growing every day! We shall see!

The store is vast. It is divided into logical sections. Boots in the center, 3,ooo styles of women’s boots to select from! High heels in two long rows, then flats, then sandals. Sports shoes in another few rows. Handbags in another area. Then a huge wall of tights and stockings. Zillions more styles, colors and sizes than Nordtroms or Macy’s offer.

The great thing is that once you have figured out how to shop there you can get the thing you came in for very efficiently and get out of the store. This is good. I will be using the place.

They have a great selection of vegan handbags from many good designers. Same with shoes. Many people will be really happy about that! I have seen only one or two options elsewhere in the Seattle area.

The only thing I didn’t see there was the very high end shoes carried downtown and in Bellevue in the designer boutique sections of Nordstrom. This would be names such as Prada, Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, etc.I suspect that Nordstorms has exclusives for these lines in this area of the country.

DSW does carry Marc by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Jiimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Via Spiga, Cole Haan, Frye, Joan and David, Matisse, Steve Madden, Franco Sarto, Ann Klein, Softt, Dansko, Seychelles, Ellen Tracy, Bandelino, and a zillions other very nice brands. I will check out what they carry and report on that more extensively in the near future. I did not have enough time to do a comprehensive study of the brands they carry. It looked, at my initial quick glance, like they carry full lines of bridge and better quality shoes and moderately priced shoes. The quality level is very high. The merchandise is current styles, not old out of date styles. The styles, size ranges and color selection are really extensive. So extensive that it will take you time to find what you want when you go there to buy! Be prepared to have a lot to choose from! You will be able to find options you like and want! I saw several I really liked. I will have to go back when I have a bit more time!

I think this new store is going to be very successful and very exciting. I think it will kick Nordtrom and The Rack and Macy’s where they need it!

I, for one, am going to enjoy driving over there, parking free, getting a coffee at Starbucks, and wandering the aisles till I find just the right pair of boots I need for a particular outfit! With 3,000 pairs to choose from in my size I am sure I can find several that will be acceptable!

I am sure The Lady Violette Shoe Collection and The Lady Violette Handbag Collection will acquire a few contemporary additions where they are needed from the DSW!


Elegant DeLiso Debs Aria Pumps From the Lady Violette Shoe Collection

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

DeLiso Debs Arias

Beautiful! Practical! And comfortable!  These sophisticated bronze leather pumps tipped in shining dark chocolate brown patent were designed by Palter DeLiso in the late 1950’s.

These are one of my absolute favorites! I love the way they look and I love to wear them! Sexy and elegant, they also feel great on which is the best part of all.

Note the Labels Inscribed in Gold on the Insoles: Custom Lasted with a little gold hammer on the Right Shoe and Nordstrom's Shoes Seattle and Portland on the Left Shoe


This pair was custom made for Nordstrom. Inside the right shoe is a little golden hammer and the words “custom lasted.” Inside the left shoe the insole is labeled Nordstrom’s Shoes Portland – Seattle. Many shoes of that era were made to order for upper class stores which carried their own exclusive styles by particular designers.

The Pure Sculptural Elegance of Palter DeLiso Shoes

This is a great example of a brown shoe that is very glamorous. It can be worn with many colors and looks lovely with nude or dark hose. Because of the dark toe tip it is smashing worn with black in the fall and winter in the sophisticated color combination of black and brown which is seen often in Italy but seldom in the United States.

Beautiful Sensual Line and Design

The entire shoe is crafted of leather and is hand made. The inside is lined in light beige leather and the inner heel is lined in an even lighter suede to help the heel cling to your foot when wearing nylons rather than slip and slide. I find the use of beige lining so considerate of this designer because the lighter lining color does not stain your light colored stockings.

DeLiso Deb's Arias Pumps Stand Alone as a Work of Art

This pair of DeLiso Debs Arias is gorgeous with all colors of tweed suits and winter woolen coats! By themselves they are a work of art and I enjoy just looking at them.

Photos by Fredric Lehrman, styled by Violette de Courcy.

This pair of DeLiso Debs Aria Pumps are from The Lady Violette Shoe Collection


Blue Sneaker Influenced Stiletto Pumps Designed by GFJ From Italy

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Stiletto Sneaker Pump by GFJ of Italy

Here is a wicked find! An unusual combination between a stiletto pump and a sneaker make in Italy by GFJ out of blue leather and a combination of interesting man made materials. Very high style! This shoe isn’t terribly old, but I have no information on the date it was made – yet. (I am hoping someone reading this will  be able to provide me with more information.)

I rescued this lovely pair from a thrift store! I have seen one other pair of shoes similar to this made by this company. It was done in black leather as a stiletto mule with white stitching in a similar vamp style. I have also seen an elegant cream mule in a completely different style under the same label. I have searched the web for more information on GFJ to no avail. Whoever it is she or he are definitely talented shoe designers and I would love to know more about them and where one could find more of their work.

Tres Sportif Details on the Blue GFJ Stilettos

I love the way this designer has combined the elements of sport shoes with the elements of classic stilettos – the stripes on the sides, the light colored top stitching, the man made beige material – probably nylon – used on the sides of the shoes and the corrugated rubber soles with the stacked leather heels, lines of an elegant  1950’s pump, dainty straps and small buckle trim, and the beautiful blue color! It is copen blue which is a rare shade nowadays but was quite popular in the 1950’s. It reminds me of the 50’s for that reason but also seems well suited to the sporty exercise clothes currently in style.  They look good with both capri pants and short skirts. And I like to wear them with a 3/4 length blue and white flower printed retro trench coat.

Beautiful Copen Blue Coloring Borrowed From the 1950's

These appeal to me for spring and summer casual dress up wear. They are well made in Italy of the blue leather, with a leather lining and a suede lined heel, and the stacked leather heel as well which is real, not an imitation. The man made materials are used as creative design elements in this case rather than cost cutting materials.

Delightfully different and fun to wear! I get a lot of interesting comments and questions on this unusual pair!

If you know more about the GJF company or their designers I’d like you to share the information with me. I’ve not been able to find anymore info on them.


This pair of shoes was inspiring and fun to photograph. They cooperated! They have attitude, obviously! And shoes with attitude love to showoff!

The photos are by Fredric Lehrman styled by Violette de Courcy.

The Designer Even Achieved the Cute Turned Up Toe of a 50's Stiletto to Perfection!



The Lady Violette Shoe Collection ~ Documentation and Photography In Progress & a Sampling of What Lies Ahead

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A Taste for High Style Shoes! Banana Yellow Alligator Embossed Leather Stiletto Pumps Designed by Stuart Weitzman photographed & styled by Fredric Lehrman & Violette de Courcy

I have been collecting vintage and other interesting artistic shoes for a long time. Suddenly this summer many people became interested in my shoe collection. I had displayed bits of it in the past ~ like 20 pieces by a particular designer as an example ~ but never the entire collection. In fact I do not even know how many total pairs I have! I have been collecting for years, have moved a couple of times, have many carefully packed up in archival wrappings and boxes and have lost count of the number I have accumulated. I have an interesting array with fine examples from many classic designers.

I know I have over 1,000 pairs. Honestly, they don’t take up that much room when they are packed away. Unpacked and stacked about to be sorted out and photographed is another matter! There have been shoes everywhere this summer for over a month! I am wishing I were not living and working in the same space, but that isn’t an option!

Examples From Over a Thousand Pairs of Vintage Shoes Comprising The Lady Violette Shoe Collection Now Being Photographed and Documented

So, the time in my shoe collecting has finally come, to photograph them all, post many of them on my blog with descriptions and as much information as can be found about them and the designers and craftsmen who made them. Documenting a collection of this size is a daunting job! I know because I have now begun!

I was contacted a little over a month ago by an institution interested in using about 300 pairs of my vintage shoes and 50 of my vintage handbags for a project. This required unpacking and choosing many examples from the collection, then photographing them, first in a rather quick way, so that choices of which ones to use could be made, then photographing them more professionally. It turned out to be a really big job!  One that took over my entire living and working space for weeks! As well as the majority of my time. Actually, it turned out being a complete nightmare! After a month of planning and emailing and co-ordinating the requesting party postponed their project indefinitely for what they termed “internal reasons.”  This was inconvenient, but not all bad. Because the documentation and sorting process had been jump started and having gotten so far into it there were only two choices: continue or abandon the project I had finally undertaken partway through.

Of course I decided to continue it on my own. I had learned through this process that the only way I can really do anything of this sort with it in the future, or even share it through my blog online, is to document the entire collection thoroughly and properly so that other interested people can see what I have. It will obviously be much easier for me to do so if I already have the entire collection photographed and inventoried. Then I will be able to send people directly to my blog to access my shoes and bags in whatever way I have chosen to display them and I won’t be in the kind of frenzy that had ensued dealing with the party above.

Fortunately I also have a friend, Fredric Lehrman, who is willing to help with some of the photography, but I had to move on this while he was available to assist. Thus we have been overwhelmingly busy with this for the last few weeks. So much so that it has eaten heavily into my blogging time which I feel badly about!

Yesterday we finished up with three solid weeks of day in and day out shoe photography. Unfortunately we were only able to scratch the surface of documenting the entire collection so far. We are photographing my vintage handbag collection as well for the same purpose. It is only about a third the size of the shoe collection, but is still substantial. We switched back and forth between shoes and purses to prevent boredom. My house become a photo studio with photo equipment and piles of shoes and purses absolutely everywhere! It is an interesting but challenging undertaking!

Yesterday I sent the photographer home with his pro studio’s worth of lights, seamless papers, rolls, cameras, tripods, ladders and other equipment which had taken over my living room, dining room and kitchen for weeks!  I am on the road to putting away about 300 pairs of shoes and cleaning up some. Then regrouping and beginning to post and write about the now photographed items in the collection. Wow! This is intense!

A Pair of Banana Yellow Alligator Embossed Leather Stiletto Pumps Designed by Stuart Weitzman

I must express much thanks to Fredric Lehrman for his patience and days and days of work bringing photographic equipment to my house and setting it up and taking thousands of pictures. All for his love of shoes! Amazing! It was fun for me to work with a professional photographer, get his input, and to be honest, get help with a project of this magnitude! Sometimes we experimented together with wild ideas like photographing fruit with shoes and got spectacular results which I will post for you to see! I think we were both tired and hungry when we came up with that one, but it was well worth the deviation from our main course! Something we both realized we would not have been allowed to experiment with had we been under the strict direction of the previously mentioned project photo editor! Thank you Fredric! For doing this and for being creative and open minded. I got tired and hungry but I had a good time!

I know a lot of collectors of all kinds of things and I know that most of them have not done anything like this with their collections. This part is the work! Not the fun! The fun is hunting down the stuff, finding something truly amazing and acquiring it. I also enjoy restoring and refurbishing things if need be and, finally, wearing it if the shoe fits!

Just doing this portion of the project we have learned a lot! Every pair of shoes is different. Some are very photogenic, some are downright unphotogenic and some fall in the middle. Often a shoe that is very attractive in person is hard to capture in any attractive way through a photograph. Each had to be accessed individually and experimented with. Some had to be reshot the next day. I decided to stop shooting for now and sort out what we’ve done, write about some of them for a while, see what I am getting into and what changes might need to be made. This is one of those learn as you do experiences! Life seems to be full of those!

My goals are different than other shoe photography I often see. I want to show the styles of the shoes, but I also want to show the character, to photograph them as art objects, sculptures when applicable, capture their moods and sometimes show how they have been loved and worn, or saved carefully, or enjoyed through use. Many of the shoes in my collection are worn ~ have been used. They are, after all, often used shoes, mostly vintage shoes, and most often not brand new ones. They are almost always old. some have never been worn and were meticulously saved, while some have been restored for use and given new lives. All in all they are now in fabulous condition considering their age. It is work but it is also a real pleasure to get them all out and analyze them like this again.

I’ve never looked at this collection en mass before. I acquired them bit by bit, over about 2 and a half decades and put them away as I did so. This is the first time I will have gone through all of them! It is an amazing experience which I hope to share to some extent with those who read my blog. Interestingly, I realized recently that this was a possibility that did not exist when I began to rescue, collect, restore and save the shoes! If it had I would have been working on this gradually all along instead of saving up the work for such a giant blitz! I feel bad that I have to do it all at once since it is such a huge job, but I feel good that at last there is such a thing as the internet now to share it on!

More Pairs of Vintage Shoes Just Waiting Their Turn to be Photographed for The Lady Violette Shoe Collection Blog Posts ~ Photo by Violette ce Courcy

Originally I collected shoes only in my own size ( that is 7.5 Med.) that I could also wear. I had to limit myself somehow as I do not have endless storage! Sometimes I would find a fabulous design in a shoe from, say, the 1940’s or 50’s and I would have to resole it or almost completely redo the uppers to rescue the fabulous design for myself to wear. I want to show how I have done this and discuss it so that other people can see how it is done and hopefully save some fabulous old shoes for themselves if they find them. (Or, if they don’t want them, send them on to me to add to this collection.)  Some of my most beautiful shoes now looked quite terrible when I first discovered them.

This collection is about shoes as wearable and enjoyable art. It is about good and spectacular design – some examples are originally very expensive, some not so, but all are special in my personal opinion as examples of interesting shoes. It is a unique collection. Through this experience I have learned that there are other large shoe collections in the world, but not another that includes this exact combination of particular shoes! Everyone with a serious shoe collection has something very different from that of the last serious shoe collector or the next. It is a fascinating subject. I began, for instance, to collect shoes I could actually wear and would eliminate shoes that were not my size or were uncomfortable. I have found that there are men who have accumulated large collections of women’s shoes with different criterion. There are some of these whose collections are spectacular to look at but essentially unwearable. What would they know? After all they cannot possibly wear them to try them out!  As collectors we come at our collecting from our individual desires and perspectives. Collecting beautifully designed and constructed shoes is all about desire.

My collection, The Lady Violette Shoe Collection, is meant to be enjoyed for its beauty and practical utilitarian shoe design as well. Some shoes are colorful and ornate. Some are simple and unique.  Many are extraordinarily elegant. In exploring this documentation process we learned that many books and calenders and photo exhibits of shoes are done in brilliant colors to show garishly bright and ornately decorated shoes against white backgrounds. Such shoes are showiest and easiest to photograph. Brightly colored shoes however, do not always accurately document the actual shoes real people found most elegant or most wearable during certain fashion or historical time periods. In contrast to what is often chosen to photo document and publish in the the majority of illustrated shoe collections the majority of shoes actually made, used and enjoyed as real functional shoes have almost always been black as the first choice and brown as the second. The reasons for this are, of course, that the black shoes almost always make the foot and leg look its best, go best with most clothing, are easily the most wearable and practical and are actually often the most flattering and attractive. Black and brown leathers are most common and most popular as well. Historically brown shoes followed black in terms of numbers produced and in popularity.

Black Suede Classic Beauties From Stuart Weitzman

The Lady Violette Shoe Collection just naturally evolved for this very reason with the greatest numbers of black shoes, followed by brown shoes in the second greatest number, then eased into all kinds of other pretty and interesting dramatic colors. I love them all! But many of the black ones remain the most supremely elegant, flattering and exotic. And the brown ones are often the most luxuriant in alligator, snakeskin,cork, furs and other rare natural materials. Thus I want to feature the blacks and browns for their exquisite design features and extraordinarily wearability as well as all the other shoes in the dramatic colorations and combinations I have found. I am willing to experiment to find ways to present the black and brown shoes properly in interesting photos rather than omit them in favor of only brightly colored ones. That said, I hope to be able to give all the colors including black and brown equal exposure.

Documenting The Lady Violette Shoe Collection and choosing which shoes to photograph, and deciding how to style and present them myself looks like it will turn out to be the best way to present and share it with other people. Doing it myself and therefore being in control of the process I can experiment or take off in new directions without having to be restricted by other people’s formats, deadlines, or budgets limiting me! One example I discovered was that few if any other photographers utilized the designer’s labels or signatures on the inside lining of the shoes! The signatures are often beautiful and not only credit and designate the designer of the shoe, but can help identify the time in a designer’s career the shoe was created, or what store it was made for, or whether or not it was a collaboration between a clothing and a shoe designer for a particular collection. All of this detail and information is of great interest to fashion and shoe historians as well as regular people who are just interested in shoes. We spent half a day photographing several designer shoe labels as an experiment and the results are really interesting. Now we are going to try to do it on every pair.

Almost everyone seems to be interested in shoes! During the last month I have mentioned my shoe collection and what I am doing documenting it now to my girl friends, my grocer, my gardener, the couple who own a local wine and chocolate shop, my hat designer friend (who is asking me to document her hats next!), even my son’s friends, and everyone is interested in seeing the shoes. They all sigh and pause for a moment, then say, “Oh, you must show me, I love shoes!” Who would have known? Making my collection accessible to other people will be interesting and fun I am sure! All kinds of people I would not have expected to be intrigued by shoes will undoubtedly come forward and tell me they, too, love shoes as the works of art they are!

Photo credits Fredric Lehrman with styling by Violette de Courcy unless otherwise noted.


An Unusual Pair of Fairy Shoes

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

A Pair of Unique and Unusual Fairy Shoes

I am always on the lookout for interesting and unusual shoes to add to and fill out my Lady Violette Shoe Collection. The collection is always growing and expanding to include more and more interesting examples.

I recently came upon this unique pair (in a park near my house no less!) which must have been abandoned by a fairy who chose to kick up her heels barefoot while dancing in a fairy ring in summer grass scattered with tiny daisies. We were only able to get one picture and I want to post it before it mysteriously vanishes, which it well might, as I have taken others which somehow slipped away! This particular one was taken by a professional fairy photographer – a friend of mine who has traveled all over Scotland and Wales with a fairy expert searching out and shooting evidence of fairies in their natural habitats.

These slippers are made by Irregular Choice (signed inside in gold!) of a pale green suede decorated in what looks like an etched design of whimsical leaves, butterflies, abstract stripes and dew drops in metallic purple light. The toes turn up as they do on all elf and fairy shoes of my experience. A ruffled tuft topped with a string bow, made of the same suede material as the rest of the shoes, adorns the vamp. Inside the shoe is also heavily decorated. It is lined in turquoise leather which is painted with fairy court swirls and flourishes in purple, lavender and white. Well made, the inner heels are lined in lighter aqua suede so they will hug a fairy’s feet as she races through woods and over fields. The insole is cut out with special zig zag fairy scissors, then punched with tiny decorative holes to create additional pleasing design elements along it’s edges – all inside where only the owning fairy can see it before she puts on her magical shoes! Perhaps as a way to code these as the property of the specific fairy owner of this particular pair of ethereal dancing slippers?

The heels are low and quaint – all in all an odd design – not human – but perhaps borrowing elements of shoe design from humans? Or the other way around? Perhaps human’s have borrowed some elements of shoe design from fairies? Hard to say! I think the fairy expert will have to be consulted! But the heels are charming and remind me of the ones on French court shoes in the 1700s.

We will send this post off to our Fairy Expert contact immediately to find out what she thinks, then post her responding comments (and her credentials!) here for you to see.

The photographer who took this particular picture of this slippery pair of fairy slippers is Fredric Lehrman. (Thank you Fredric!)

When I first tried to photograph these shoes my camera crashed off my tripod and broke into a mass of shattered pieces! It became truly inoperable! A definite inconvenience as I have had to find another and learn to operate it, etc. It took Fredric several tries to get a picture of them too because they didn’t co-operate with him the first time around either! These little shoes have a mind of their own! Or perhaps there is a spell on them?

The bottoms are printed in a colorful floral design in pink, blue and red – kind of an Arts and Craft style floral pattern. They are stamped 38 on the bottom – the fairy size I presume. We will try to get a picture of that to show you later! ( If they allow it!) The soles are flexible – so good for dancing in – and the width is medium, not terribly narrow. Fairies like their shoes to be comfortable. They like them to feel like bare feet.

Fairies only wear shoes for decorative purposes to enhance their costumes for special festivities and occasions as you probably  know. They normally go bare foot and hate wearing shoes because they inhibit their movement. This may explain why this pair, though very pretty, were kicked off and carelessly abandoned. The owner probably got carried away with her mood and fairy music, found them inhibiting, and took off to other realms where she could move more freely without them. Fairies don’t normally touch down on concrete so don’t need the protection we humans do when walking on it.

It turns out that Irregular Choice is a shoe and accessories design company located in the UK. They make lovely whimsical shoes out of leather and fabrics and all manner of imaginative designs and decorations. The shoes are very well made. I have not been able to find out when this pair was produced or what they called it but have written to the company with the photo to try to find out. Their shoes retail for between about $145 and $200 at this time.