Monday it is! Learn we will.
Blearning Blogs, for those of you joining us, are where I pick a topic the fashion world assumes everybody knows about, but actually doesn’t, and I write about it for you to read. I like it because we all become savvier without buying a damn thing. Street cred for all!
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Letter D! …. Oh wait that’s today…. Check it out!
Today we are learning about d’Orsay style shoes! I have seen these all over, and have heard the word d’Orsay, but have I ever used it in a sentence? Not once. Let’s take a quick peek at a shoe that is not only everywhere, but it is also historical! Who knew?
If I were your best gal pal describing my new d’Orsay shoes on the phone, I would say something like this:
“Yah, they’re like a kind of shoes that have, like, a cut out sort of on the middle sides so, like, you can see the arch of your foot, ya know? Like the toes and heels are still covered. Yah, and they’re like so in right now.”
If I were writing about them for fashion research project I might say this:
D’Orsay (pronounced door-say) is a style of shoe designed originally for men in the 1800’s by Count Alfred d’Orsay, who wanted a better fitting military shoe that would accommodate wider feet. Women loved the pointed toe, and incorporated it into ladies’ fashion shortly thereafter. The characteristics that make the d’Orsay shoe unique, are the point in the toe and the exposed arch, which comes from an absence of structured fabric between the heel and the toe box. In recent years, d’Orsay style shoes are experiencing a comeback to store shelves and sidewalks. They follow the “cut-out” trend and also offer versatility in that the exposed arch can be incorporated at any level of formality in both flats and heels.
If I had all the monies for all the shoes so I could buy them and show them to you, here are pictures of ones I would buy:
(Those Pierre hardy ones have blue mink fur around the top… wait, what!?? So drool.)
STOP! Put the credit card down. Here are three more that won’t break the bank:
My faves are the Ava & Aiden out of this bunch. These are perfect staples because they are sassy and yet still muted enough to wear with a lot of things.
D’Or I say we have learned something today??
Ba dum chhhhhh!
Cheers! Because d’Orsay shoes would look really terrible on men!