Covet: John Fluevog “Elizabeth” Shoes

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I don’t know how many pairs of black, high-heeled Mary Janes I’ve gone through in my adult years. I always feel like I can’t go wrong with that style. Here’s a fanciful version: the “Elizabeth” from John Fluevog’s “Queen Transcendent” collection.

Look closely!  

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The shoes’ heels are inspired by a traditional decorative-arts element: the curved “cabriole” legs of 18th-century Louis XV furniture, with “ball-and-claw” feet.

I love this kind of reference in fashion. Here’s a look at a chair of the period, so you can see the source for this detail:

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I don’t know whether I’d be able to pull off these shoes at work, but I’ve been imagining myself wearing them with a simple black dress and black lace stockings. I’m not usually one for “statement” accessories, but this kind of subtle wit appeals to me.

You can read more about this shoe’s creation here.

The Queen Transcendent Elizabeth is available in three colors via the John Fluevog website.

Images: shoe photos via John Fluevog; English side chair, circa 1730, via Museum of Fine Arts website.

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6 thoughts on “Covet: John Fluevog “Elizabeth” Shoes

  1. I do not see myself wearing these since I do not wear glossy finish and do not like rounded toes but I think heels are absolutely fabulous (and I like Fluevog brand).

  2. I tried these shoes on at the store… I liked the way the looked, but the shape of the shoe kind of hinged my foot into a weird angle so it hurt a little bit. And the shoe runs small. I felt like my feet were bound. A little too expensive to buy and not be able to wear to work. There were actually some quasi-conservative looking shoes that I bought that are quite nice… See you soon?!

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