Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween From the Feet Up!

Here at the Bata shoe Museum we thought that we would try and provide some inspiration from our collection for those of you still struggling to find the perfect Halloween costume.  And of course, we are a bit biased about the most important part of any outfit! We asked our Assistant Curator and Exhibition Manager Sarah Beam-Borg to pick some fun and unique artifacts that will inspire you this Halloween!

This pair of red and green shoes were reportedly worn in the late 20th century by a clown in the Barnum and Bailey circus.  With their exaggerated wide toes and mismatched colours it would be impossible to avoid getting caught up in the clowning mood.

This shoe with it's exotic three dimensional dragon’s heads in multicoloured appliqu├ęd leather.  They were made by British shoe designer Thea Cadabra in 1984 and would turn any wearer into a dragoness.

In the middle of the 19th century, men and women often went to “fancy dress” balls where they would wear elaborate costumes or disguises.  It was not uncommon to embellish pre-existing clothing that had fallen out of fashion and was no longer in use.  This pair of white silk Adelaide boots features beaded domino designs that would have undoubtedly matched her dress.

Tall, thick leather boots like this pair were worn by Postillions who were the coachmen that rode on the horses as guides from the 17th through the 19th centuries throughout Western Europe.  The boots were considered part of the saddle equipment and protected the men’s legs from horses and low-lying branches.

As you can see these grey and yellow shoes with red taillights have been influenced heavily by the design aesthetic prevalent in the American automotive industry in the 1950s.  The possibilities with these shoes are endless and they would look great with a vintage dress.

Dressing up like a glam Rock Star from the 70s is always a popular costume choice for men at Halloween.  This pair of boots was made by boot-maker Master John in 1973 and was worn in Toronto.

Halloween is for kids of all ages but most commonly, the under-twelve set get all the good candy!  This pair of children’s sneakers from 1982 would have been a fun and sensible addition to an Incredible Hulk costume.

We hope that these choices give you the inspiration to create the perfect Halloween costume this year - from your feet up!