Saturday, December 24, 2011

Spats Are Back! Your Shoes Never Looked So Good...

I have just fallen in love with this idea! I recently did a post about sparkle shoes and mentioned dazzling up your heels on your own. Well, this is just one more way to make an old pair of shoes new again!

via wikipedia
Brown rose and pinstriped Ankle Boot Spats        
source: spats by hhfashions on etsy Click Here!
SPATS! Spats you say? Honestly it was a while before I even knew the term, but I know the product! Spats (a shortened version of Spatterdashes which were worn by horsemen and acted as a sort of mud flap.) have been around since the late 19th century. They were a symbol of the well dressed city man/woman, Conan Doyle wrote in Sherlock Homes, The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge: “From his spats to his gold-rimmed spectacles he was a Conservative, a churchman, a good citizen, orthodox and conventional to the last degree.” There are many designers out there like spatterdash.com that want to bring the spat back!
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What I love about spats is that you can dress up any heel or boot and give it a whole different feel. Its amazing how it can completely change your heels and give the illusion of wearing an ankle boot!
 Steampunk fashion has probably been the best thing for Spats in years! LOL It definitely has brought about a sort of revival for this classic footwear accessory! You can find a million spats for sale in all sorts of styles from great shops in communities like Etsy. I always like to encourage everyone to shop local/small business! Whats great about a lot of these shops... custom orders!

As always, if you don't have a lot of money but you do have a crafty thumb D.I.Y! Check out some of these links to get you started!