Sunday, 1 July 2012

Pumps or court shoes - The ultimate formal shoe

Pumps, opera pumps, dancing pumps  or court shoes the baby has many names. The court shoe is the oldest item of Western male tailored dress intact in its original form dating back to the 16th century. The ultimate formal shoe for men.


Beau Brummel the English Dandy brought the bow to the pump and the pump has not changed since then. Mr. Brummel was known for his nicety of dress, elegance of his manners, and smartness of his repartee. He made personal cleanliness popular. Cleaning his teeth, shaving, and scrubbing in a bath daily. He dressed with simple elegance. Of understated elegance he once said: "If John Bull turns round to look after you, you are not well dressed; but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable."

The pumps, opera pumps, dancing pumps or court shoe in calf leather
Opera pumps and patent leather shoes with silk ribbon laces
Mr. "Beau" Brummel (Mr. George Bryan Brummel (1778-1840) below
Photos sourced from Vox sartoria and Georgian Index

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