Big initial M A few months ago, Phil Gust, the editor of an online costuming magazine approached me about making some shoes to go in his August issue, which would have several articles about 1920s-1930s fashion.

“Could you make some spectator shoes?” he asked. As is my wont, I said yes, even though I had no idea how to do that. (This is pretty much my policy about life: Say yes to things you want to do even if you don’t know how, and trust you’ll figure it out somehow.)

Both spectator shoes after resized The “figuring out” part was REALLY fun (it involved masking tape, pinking shears and a special brush I use to make perfect polka dots), and I wrote a detailed article about how to do it.

Phil has been kind enough to let me give you a link to the article, even though his fascinating magazine, The Virtual Costumer, is usually available only by paid subscription. (To read a free sample issue, go to this URL.)

So take a look at the article and the how-to. Spectator shoes are really in this season — you can find them in the Urban Outfitters and J. Peterman catalogs, and in collections by Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, among others.

Fluevog porters shoe Colors abound, too. You don’t have to stick to black or brown and white. John Fluevog, a Canadian shoe designer who prides himself on doing the unexpected, designed a version of spectator shoes just for the valets and male customer service associates at OPUS Hotels in Vancouver and Montreal. For a better view of these little beauties, click here.


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