Titanic Edwardian Shoes

As with any antique clothing style Edwardian Titanic shoes are not part of modern footwear fashion. That makes dressing up in an Edwardian Titanic outfit challenging. Sure, you can buy vintage shoes but their age makes them very delicate and best suited for show and tell only.

downton abby shoes

“Astoria” Titanic Shoes by American Duchess

As for reproduction shoes…. they are near impossible to find. One newer brand however has a few fabulous Edwardian reproduction shoes such as this  “Astoria” shoe made by American-Duchess is a strappy, short heel pump, in either Ivory or black leather with smooth leather soles ideal for dancing.  They are highly recommended (Beware of the cheap knock-offs sold elsewhere).

Outside of reproduction shoes you can use new vintage inspired shoes that have enough of the Titanic era design to them to make them good costume choices. More on that in a moment.

Titanic Era Shoe History

Edwardian Titanic era shoes

1913 Women’s Boots and Shoes

Most of the Victorian or Edwardian era women’s shoes were tall lace up boots. While these continued to be a popular choice for working day wear or traveling shoes, first class women wanted more beauty and comfort in their footwear. The time of Titanic sinking was the height of shoe fashion. Boot style shoes were made of colored velvet and silk instead of leather and laced up with wide silky ribbon. Slip-ons in the form of mules came back in vogue and were embellished with beads, pearls and  applique. An early version of the Mary Jane was introduced as a short heeled pump with 3 or more button straps across the foot’s vamp. The recent exhibits of Titanic artifacts show many passengers wore these styles of shoes on board.

Women's Titanic shoes 1913

1913 Women’s Slippers and Oxfords

New Shoes with Titanic style:

Learn about vintage Edwardian era shoes here. 

BeautiFeel Women's Valeria Boot - Womens Shoes
Edwardian boots were either lace up or button up with the buttons fastening on the outside like this boot. The boot could either be a solid color or two toned like men’s spats. This nice color combination is good for day wear or while traveling to the Titanic. An excellent choice for an all around great boot.

Bordello by Pleaser Women's Whimsey-115 Boot - Womens Shoes
In the Titanic movie Rose wore boots similar to these with her blue velvet ‘flying’ dress. The movie version boots were lace up and these have straps and buttons which still makes them very period correct. They come in black or purple. Made by Pleaser which I don’t normally recommended but these are an exception.
edwardian mule shoesThis nearly flat soled mule with beaded vamp design are a great find. The beads  stick up off the shoes a bit too much to be authentic but the overall color and feel is VERY Titanic. I would buy these in a heartbeat. (They are now sold out. )

edwardian shoesThis next pair of mules have a soft suede exterior, pretty toe cord detail and a 3 inch heel with an almost correct shape for the Titanic era. Usually heels didn’t go over 2 inches but under a long gown no one will know. These are made by Rockport which is an excellent brand for creating shoes that look formal but  feel as comfortable as tennis shoes. Available in black, stone and a blue similar to the shoes next. (Sold out.)
Edwardian style low heels hoesThese next two shoes are the closest pumps I could find that feature straps that were very common in Edwardian pumps and boots. Usually shoes had three or more straps either lying straight across  or zigzag for more pizzazz.. The straps often had beads to match the decoration on the shoe toe. Although these shoes only have two straps they are the right style and heel height which makes them a very good choice. Plus I  just love the affordable price and color choices.

Titanic shoesThis foot friendly, cross strap shoe is another excellent alternative for an Edwardian Titanic shoe. It comes in many widths and additional colors. It is a design that would carry well into the early 1920’s with the addition of the T strap down the center.

edwardian flats shoesWhile this era didn’t see too many flats worn outside the home I couldn’t resist showing off these ones. The pretty silver, gold and rhinestone vamp design on soft purple velvet material is stunning. These are handcrafted in Italy with a price to match the quality. Next time I have $500 to spend I’ll buy these. (Now Sold out)

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Women's Intense Pump - Womens Shoes
The picture of these in black don’t do justice to the design. The shape of the shoe is very “antique” with the heel thin but otherwise perfectly carved into the standard boot heel shape on the Victorian-Edwardian era. I would suggest adding a rhinestone brooch or clip to the top for some extra sparkle. Available in black, blue and teal blue.

Since writing this article over a year ago many of these shoes are now sold out, however I have added even more Titanic inspired shoes for sale here:

How to Make a Pair of Titanic Shoes

With a few craft supplies and a pair of plain pumps or mules you can make a pair of Titanic style  shoes.

1. Locate a pair of plaid colored, low heeled pumps or mules with a fabric finish like velvet, silk, satin or cotton. Suede or micro suede can work well too. Leather will be OK if you don’t have anything else but avoid patent leather (shiny stuff). The color should match your dress. Use black or white if that’s not possible.

2. Find some applique, or thick lace trim at your local fabric or craft store. You can even use beaded trim instead of a solid applique. The trim should match your shoes. If it’s a white trim made of cotton or other natural fiber you can also die it with fabric dye. Man made material won’t die. You can however use fabric paint to change the color.

edwardian shoes appliqueTJ Formal carries a line of Coloriffics stick on applique for shoes that would be perfect for this project. They also make rhinestone clips for decorating the tops of shoes.

3. Glue or sew on the applique to the top toe of the shoe in a triangle shape with the point pointing towards the tip. For mules you can wrap the whole shoe in applique if you wish.

www.bustledress.com This site has some good examples of beaded Titanic era shoes.

www.pinterest.com has pictures of antique Edwardian shoes for more inspiration.

4. Add more beads, rhinestone or jewels for more sparkle.

5. That’s it. Your done. It’s a very easy project and the results are amazing.

Here are the shoes I made. I started with black Astoria Shoes from American-Duchess and added peel and stick on rhinestone stickers over the toe, heel and edges. The stickers I found were made by Recollections in the scrap booking section of Michael’s craft store.  I love that these are just stickers so they are temporary. I can decorate these shoes over and over again to coordinate with my dress.

1920's shoes

1920's shoes for women

So now you you know about the various first class styles of Edwardian Titanic shoes and how to make a pair or buy new shoes with the correct style. For more history and examples of Edwardian Titanic shoes visit ng.shoe-icons.com/museum.

I’d love to know what Titanic shoe style you love best. Leave a comment below.

This entry was posted in Edwardian / Titanic Fashion on by .

About VintageDancer

Debbie & Oscar have turned their hobby into a career by teaching others how to re-create vintage style with affordable new vintage inspired clothing and accessories. We connect shoppers to the best vintage inspired clothing, shoes and accessories and teach fashion history as it was worn by everyday people. Need help? Contact us anytime.

6 thoughts on “Titanic Edwardian Shoes

  1. Jane

    Hi Debbie,

    Saw your post today elsewhere….had to visit. What an interesting site you have.
    Weren’t alot of the fashions great years ago? Love vintage; maybe this is part of why
    I am so drawn to 30’s and Victorian era movies.

    1. Debbie Post author

      Movies are a big inspiration for historical fashion. Its amazing how fashion can change how you think, act and feel different in every era. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Glenda Hardy

    Hi Debbie, your web site is a wealth of information for researching the fashions on the Titanic! We will be going o0n the Titanic memorial cruise in April 100 years to the day the titanic left Southampton. I want to wear some clothes similar to those worn by the women on that voyage. I look forward to looking through these recommended websites to get ideas. We live in Canberra Australia so any help in this area is great, cheers Glenda.

  3. Cheryl

    This was a very helpful website! Thanks so much. I’m looking for some shoes for my daughter who will be in Titanic the Musical this May. She wears a size 5 however, so it is difficult!

  4. harleygirl5002

    I wish they would bring back the vintage boots and shoes cause a lot of girls would love ’em cause they watch the titanic a lot so why bring those vintage again.


Leave some comment love.... (Contact me directly with a question)