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A beautiful pair of 1930s shoes
A delightful pair of 1930s shoes in gorgeous gold and black plaid design. Made for Frederick Gorringe Ltd, Buckingham Palace Road, London. Open-toe elegance.
Approx Size: UK 5.5 to 6 though they are stamped 5 on the sole.
Condition report: some of the gold has rubbed off, particularly on the sides and the ankle-strap. Tiny amount of damage to one of the plaid heels which is quite impressive really. Once part of a theatrical costumier’s stock, these 1930s (or 40s) shoes are marked with the name of the company on the sole, tucked in towards the arch of the heel. These beautiful shoes have danced many a night away – as they were designed to do. Hopefully, you can help them grace another elegant dance floor!
Frederick Gorringe opened a small draper’s shop in 1858, which developed into a large department store in the 1900s. Sadly, it closed in 1968, like so many beautiful shops of its day. Lovely to have a piece of its history, though. I wonder if any of the unmarried shop assistants who lived in the top floor of the store ever handled these beautiful shoes and dreamed of gliding across the ballroom in them, too?