1940s CC41 Blouse – The Vintage Bazaar
1930s Navy Skirt – Made by Me
1930s Navy Scarf – Made by Me
1930s Navy Crochet Handbag – Kate Kitsch
Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings – Shepton Mallet Flea Market
1930s Style Viviene shoes – Hotter Shoes
I’ve been a fan of Hotter shoes for many years now and have actually featured them on the blog before, back in 2016 and last August. So, when they contacted me at the end of last year and asked if I would like to review a pair of their shoes from their 2018 Spring collection I jumped at the chance.
British brand Hotter was first established in 1959 by Thomas and Harriet Houlgrave under the name of Beaconsfield Footwear. Thomas had previously worked for Skelmersdale shoe company and the knowledge he gained during his time there helped them get started. Initially they only manufactured slippers but, in 1992, the Houlgrave’s son Stewart created the Hotter Comfort Concept and the world’s most comfortable shoe was born. Don’t believe me? Try a pair, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised!
Although Hotter are probably most well-known for their more practical shoes, they do have a legion of vintage fans. This is due to their smaller collection of heel shoes that have a strong vintage influence. They even have their very own vintage blogger, my lovely friend Jenny from Annotations of Jenny.
The pair I chose, the beautifully named Viviene, are classically 1930s with a navy and cream two-tone colour way and t-bar styling. The lovely scalloping detail on the edge of the cream gives them a really pretty feminine feel. The heel is just under 2″, which is quite an authentic height for the 1930s. Heel heights increased a little during this decade, but it wasn’t really until the late 1940s that a 3″ or higher became more of the norm.
As soon as they arrived I knew I had to team them with this gorgeous soft cotton, original CC41, blouse from the 1940s. I picked it up at The Vintage Bazaar last year and have lived in it ever since. The colour is at its most true in the close up shot above where you can see the cute navy and cream print. I can’t decide whether they’re supposed to be sweets or tyres!
The skirt is a navy linen kick pleat skirt that I made using my self-drafted pattern. This is the third time I’ve used this pattern and I still really love it. It’s so easy to make and the style is so comfortable to wear. It creates a real 1930s sportswear look, which I’m so fond of.
The hair scarf is made using an off cut of the skirt’s lining and the size and shape was taken from an original 1930s silk scarf I picked up at Shepton Mallet Flea Market. I really need to make some more of these as they’re great to just throw on for a different look to a hat.
The navy handbag is an original 1930s crochet one and still has its original clear celluloid peacock handles. It’s in amazing condition and carries so much, not like most of my other vintage bags. I actually have an original 1930s crochet book that has the pattern for this handbag in it, so one day I will definitely be making my own version.
The Viviene shoes bring the whole ensemble together and add that finishing touch of vintage footwear with plenty of comfort. Something that’s incredibly rare these days, especially with heels. I could wear these shoes all day and my feet would be just as happy at the end of the day as they were at the beginning. As always, the sizing was spot on at a UK 4.5 and my feet had enough room to move without the shoes feeling loose. Hotter are probably one of the most consistent brands in terms of sizing and every single pair I own is a 4.5. (I love that they do half sizes!)
I’ve now got my eye on the beautiful Rose Gold version, which would look absolutely amazing with one of the 1920s beaded Flapper dresses from Tilda Knopf. I’d just need to find a suitably glamorous event to wear them to!