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Virtual History Happy Hour: “19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe”

May 6, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Virtual History Happy Hour: 19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe


Men’s dress shoes as we know them today are directly descended from styles that were defined during the Victorian age. Key innovations in design and manufacturing introduced during the 19th century, both in Britain and the United States, have resulted in a standardized approach to shoemaking, and a sense of style and fashion, accepted worldwide. This presentation will explore the development of six iconic shoe styles (four of which were popular with both men and women). As influential as these styles were, many people (including retailers, historians, and reenactors) cannot identify the differences between them, or how to choose which styles are most appropriate when attempting to achieve accurate or historically correct impressions for actors and living history enthusiasts. A principal goal of this presentation, once the styles are defined and understood, will be to offer recommendations for how to achieve the best historical impression possible, given the current day availability (and affordability) of appropriate shoe styles.



About Our Presenter

Patrick Gaul is a historical reenactor, amateur historian, freelance researcher, avid traveler, and all-round curious fellow, obsessed with seeking answers to topics that most people just take for granted! His areas of interest include (but are by no means limited to) fine dining, manners and etiquette, domestic service and household management, historical architecture, geography and fashion.

Patrick teaches workshops for The Living History Centre (https://www.livinghistorycentre.org/) and routinely (in non-COVID 19 times) preforms in such diverse events as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, The Northern California Pirate Festival, The Central Coast Renaissance Festival, and many others. With his wife and fellow enthusiast, Juliana, he also regularly travels to England to participate in the Jane Austen Festival and the Stamford Georgian Festival.

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May 6, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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