Deco shoes, c.1927-1930
The fabulous Deco stitching pattern on the toes and heels transforms utilitarian shoes into an art statement. In the 1980s, these shoes were featured in a magazine article about Art Deco shoes.
The shoes are fashioned from navy faille with cream colored stitching. The vamps and stitching patterns are outlined with narrow bands of navy patent leather. The heels are of patent leather; the soles are leather. The shoes have wide single straps with large silver tone buckles.
The shoes were obviously chosen as an exemplar of Deco design because of the ingenious use of curvilinear, geometric motifs in the heel stitching. In this case, the designer plays changes on the shape of the arc, a segment of a two dimensional curve.
For those of you who remember (dimly) your high school plane geometry, you can see that the designer used arcs taken from various sized circles and ellipses.
The insoles are stamped "Stenchever's/Patterson, Passaic and Hackensack."
The condition is almost excellent. The shoes just show gentle wear.
The size is marked 5 1/2A. The hoes are 9 3/4" long. The heels are 2 3/8" high.