Yeah – I know, it’s not shoes… but it is ultra cool and such a cool part of fashion! I found this on eBay – it’s a wedding headpiece from the 1800s made just like German Christmas trees of the era. To quote information from the listing:
“An unbelievable find, this very rare 19th century headdress from Germany. It’s made from the same technique is also used with the famous German Christmas trees, the so called FederBaume, each feather was treated by hand with a special technique to give the feather the same look as the needles of a Christmas tree. it was a terrible job and one needs a lot of craftsmanship to make such a tree. The same thing has been done with the feathers in this wedding crown. It’s a beautiful mixture of goose feathers, beads, flowers, glass ornaments etc. on the back there is a long white ribbon. it’s overwhelming the choice of materials and the whole beauty of the head piece. It is really a very unique piece in the perfect condition, as you can see in the pics, we found a same headpiece in an historical picture. in those times they were used in weddings in a particular area in Germany. It will not be easy to find a second one.”
Then, while trying to find another historical photo I ran into this great blog post full of historical, enormous wedding headdresses.
From an eBay auction.