This led to a bout of window shopping for shoes (female of course).
|Buckles & Bows, Yarm|
And the appropriately named -
|The Shoe Box,Yarm|
This shop is in a narrow wynd; its other window looks like this -
|The Show Box window|
The dress shop round the corner on the High Street sells shoes as well.
These looked decidedly elegant compared with a shop in Stockton which was as empty as it looked.
|Shoe Zone, Stockton|
Not at all attracted to this I decided to look back in history and rejoiced in finding this 'gallant.'
|Pepys & Lady Batten|
By James Digman Winfield - 1861
The Diary of Samuel Pepys for Wednesday 15 November 1665 reads in part: "Up and all the morning at the office, busy, and at noon to the King’s Head taverne, where all the Trinity House dined to-day, to choose a new Master in the room of Hurlestone, that is dead, and Captain Crispe is chosen. But, Lord! to see how Sir W. Batten governs all and tramples upon Hurlestone, but I am confident the Company will grow the worse for that man’s death, for now Batten, and in him a lazy, corrupt, doating rogue, will have all the sway there. After dinner who comes in but my Lady Batten, and a troop of a dozen women almost, and expected, as I found afterward, to be made mighty much of, but nobody minded them; but the best jest was, that when they saw themselves not regarded, they would go away, and it was horrible foule weather; and my Lady Batten walking through the dirty lane with new spicke and span white shoes, she dropped one of her galoshes in the dirt, where it stuck, and she forced to go home without one, at which she was horribly vexed, and I led her; and after vexing her a little more in mirth, I parted..."
In Edwardian times there were other delights:
|High Heels 1910-1917|
By Jean Agelou (1878-1921) - source www.edwardian-delights.com
I'd better stop at this point before I develop a high (heeled) fetish and return to what I posted recently under Pairs.
|Spare pair of shoes up street lamp in Norwich, Norfolk
(by Keith Evans -- CC A-SA 2.0 license)
But my favourite shoes will always be these that you've seen before.
|Sam worn out by gardening|
OK they may be boots but
So perhaps you should walk right over to Sepia Saturday 114 and choose some more shoes.