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.
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:
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.