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Victorian Lace-Up Boots

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I absolutely adore Victorian lace-up boots.  You know the boots I'm talking about, ladies.  Every woman should have at least one pair.

They are often called Victorian boots, granny goots, goth or gothic boots, or even witch boots, but they all generally refer to some variation of the type of boots illustrated here. Typically, they are black, but tans, browns, creams and white are very popular as well.

They are form-fitting and accentuate a woman's calves and ankles. They are comfortable to wear and offer good ankle support.   Some have zippers on the side so that you don't have to lace and unlace them each time. 

Victorian boots create a look of sleek look of authority, style and grace that is hard to match with other footwear.

Sexy black Victorian lace up boots

Sexy black Victorian lace up boots

The Victorian & Edwardian Eras

The Victorian era was from 1837 until 1901 and the Edwardian era, named after Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII, began in 1901 and lasted until 1910.

Women's ankles were to be covered to protect them from men's prying eyes. Ironically, the intricate tight lacings of the ankle boots had a titilating effect.

The higher, front-laced 19th Century shoes/boots became more popular when Queen Victoria started wearing them at her Scottish castle Balmoral. The two-toned lace up boots have become known as Balmorals.

The typical walking boot was lined with flannel, had a half inch heel and cost about $5.50.

The Fascination with Lace-Up Boots Begins

When I was in grade school, around 3rd or 4th grade, I remember going on a school field trip to tour several historic homes in the nearest big city.

With utter fascination, I watched the narrator point out various antiques and memorabilia on display in the first house we went to.

That's when I saw them.

She showed us a pair of black Victorian lace-up woman's boots. I had never seen anything like them.

Growing up in Texas, I have certainly seen my share of cowboy boots. Being a child of the 60s, I have also seen teens wearing go-go boots.

I saw so much more in this pair of boots than just a fashion trend. I saw such style and sophistication in this pair of gently worn boots. They just seemed so classy to me. I pictured the woman who wore them to be authoritative and strong. They just didn't seem like the type of boots a meek subservient woman would wear.

I aspired to be the type of woman that would wear that type of boot. I think this experience helped to formulate much of who I am today.

Grab Some of That Feeling for Yourself

I'm telling you ladies, there is nothing that makes me feel more feminine or in control than when I'm wearing Victorian lace-up boots.

If you have owned a pair or two before, then you know what I'm talking about.

If you've never owned a pair, you owe it to yourself to feel your sassy sexy best. I bet you won't be the only one to notice either.

Look at the Choices in Heels!

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White Victorian Lace Up Boots

White Victorian Lace Up Boots

Beautiful brown Victorian lace up boots

Beautiful brown Victorian lace up boots

White Victorian lace-up boots

White Victorian lace-up boots

Black lace up Victorian Boots

Black lace up Victorian Boots

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sally on March 01, 2012:

ilike it

Serafim from Utah on July 04, 2011:

I like these and the knee high lace up boots the best, but they're so hard to find anymore. Except select online retailers. Anyways, great hub!

travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on October 26, 2010:

Nice work KCC.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 07, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by Princessa! I find it difficult choosing only one. I may have to buy several.

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on October 07, 2010:

I agree Every woman should have at least one pair, they are so beautiful and add character to any outfit.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 07, 2010:

I am attracted to that era as well, Supermom_in_ny. I'll check out your article. Thanks for stopping by!

supermom_in_ny from NY on October 07, 2010:

I had several pairs of boots just like the ones pictured! I love everything Victorian. I designed both my prom and wedding dress like those of that era. So beautiful and romantic. Funny, as much as I love the era and use it in my home décor I only have one web property dedicated to it-out of the 80 or so I own. Check it out and let me know what you think...

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 01, 2010:

Jayne, Amazon really carries a lot of inexpensive varieties of Victorian boots. You owe to yourself to check them out. My only problem is deciding on one style.

Jayne on October 01, 2010:

I absolutely adore Victiorian boots! The closest pair of shoes to them that I own are my mum's old lace-up winkle-pickers from the seventies :) They're more of a kind of Victorian style, I guess, but they're in desperate need of repair, hence I can't wear them too often...

KRC (author) from Central Texas on March 22, 2010:

Glad you like them, Kerry! I can totally relate!

Kerry43 on March 22, 2010:

Oh my goodness! I just love these boots.

Thanks for the info, links etc. Off to make my birthday list.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 27, 2009:

Thanks Nikki!

nikki1 on December 27, 2009:

Great hub, love the boots

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 30, 2009:

Dear Santa: I've been reeeeeeeeally good this year, please bring me some Victorian Lace-Up Boots! LOL

Vivian Perez on November 13, 2009:

Hello, I am a freelance writer and I am writing an article about Victorian Wedding Boots. I wanted to know if you have any high resolution photographs you could send the editor of the wedding magazine for my article. Thank you! My email is

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 08, 2009:

I love them too, Lady Elvira! You can try Google images to see if you can find pics of women wearing them.

Lady Elvira on November 08, 2009:

Love them all. Love them love them all. Don't have them but get quit excited when I see pictures of them. Love to see pictures from women who wearing them. Where can I find pictures?

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 26, 2009:

Thank you, I agree! Thanks for stopping by JBrett.

JBrett on October 26, 2009:

Sweet boots!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 18, 2009:

Thanks AIDY! I agree!

Am I dead, yet? on October 18, 2009:

These are beauties!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 27, 2009:

I agree Peggy! Sounds like a lot of work! The 14 hooks on my bra are enough! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2009:

Buttons on boots...buttons on mens and womens underware...stays in girdles...glad I don't live back then! LOL Nice hub.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 22, 2009:

The ones I had zipped on the inner leg as well, but they laced up the front. I think I would like ones like you have too! Thanks for stopping by 2patricias!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 22, 2009:

Pat writes; I love boots so found this irresistable. Tricia favours those little ankle high boots, but I like taller ones. Last year I got a pair that lace up the back AND have a zip on the inner leg. The bag lace allows for adjustment to the fit, making them comfortable. However, my daugher calls them my burlesque boots!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 21, 2009:

That is true, isn't it, Jerilee? We just walk differently in high heel boots versus other shoes! I think we sometimes forget how much more elegant we can look as women by what shoes we chose to wear. Thanks for stopping by and reminding us of that.

Jerilee Wei from United States on June 21, 2009:

Oh how I miss those boots in flip flop land. Someday again I'll own another pair. Loved the high heeled boot walk.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 21, 2009:

OMG...that is so cool! My dad built several metal detectors from scratch and my mom is going to give me one of them now that my dad passed away. I remember going out with him as a kid and finding all sorts of things. That is a cool item you found, Treasured Pasts. I look forward to finding something cool!

Treasured Pasts from Commerce, Texas on June 21, 2009:

I have an old printing plate, copper over lead that I found with a metal detector. It was an ad for the boots exactly like you are talking about.

Stuart- Treasured Pasts

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 21, 2009:

Teresa: What a treasured item to have! I had never seen one until I was doing the research on this hub. I bet it's beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

Mardi: Writing this really made me miss mine as well. I'm going to be searching for a new pair as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on June 21, 2009:

These are really great boots. I had a pair many years ago but they are now long gone. Thanks for the hub and I will be watching in my travels for a replacement pair!

Sheila from The Other Bangor on June 21, 2009:

These are my favorite kinds of boots: strong, comfortable, and very sexy. I've had numerous pairs over the years.

I have one of those old button hooks, too, with a mother-of-pearl handle. It was my grandmother's.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 21, 2009:

Elena: I had cowboy boots as a young girl and have wanted them again as an adult, but I just haven't found a pair yet that I can't live without. I find them sexy as well. But, I doooooooo love the sophistication of these.

Jewels: I agree that these always caught my attention in movies as well. The ones I had weren't all that bad to lace up. The zippers were handy though.

Laughing Mom: You don't know how tempting that is! The cruelest part is that I puposely waited to turn on the A/C until about 2 weeks ago, trying to save money on the electric bill. It worked ok for about a week. Then the last week it started getting hotter and hotter in here and the A/C wasn't ever cycling off. Clogged A-coil and the pan underneath is rusted. Not sure how much it's going to cost me to fix. But, the upside is, it probably will be cheaper to run it since it will be unclogged!

You are so right, TOF! I saw those when I was researching this. That hook reminded me of the hooks they now give out at Home Deport to open your paint cans. Buttons are far worse than laces.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on June 21, 2009:

Those laced boots made life easier for the unfortunate Edwardian ladies. The alternative was button up boots,using a special button hook. (The last one of those that I saw was being used by an auto-electrician in town to hook back the brushes on the generators he repaired. - he didn't know what it was!)

Laughing Mom on June 20, 2009:

No A/C??!?!! Time for a roadtrip. I'll send the kids to mom's and have the beds and a fresh pot of iced tea ready for you!

Jewels from Australia on June 20, 2009:

I always liked those boots. Every time I saw them in the movies with those costumes, I always wanted a pair. The lacing up would drive me nuts, but they look good.

Elena. from Madrid on June 20, 2009:

KCC, the very first photo on top SO reminded me of Mary Poppins that I could hardly keep going with the rest of the hub! Laugh! When it comes to sexy, I'll go for cowboy boots, but if we're talking sophistication, then these steal the show :-) Cool hub!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

I know! Good to see you too, LM! I have no A/C and we're going delirious!

Laughing Mom on June 20, 2009:

A quick escape!! Wedding dresses need those! Ha Ha! Good to see you, KCC. We haven't emailed in a few days.....

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

The pair I had had all of the laces and eyelets, but it also had zippers on the side so that you could zip and unzip without messing up the laces...LOL Bet the Victorian women wish they had had that!

Laughing Mom on June 20, 2009:

I have never even tried on a pair, KCC! Too much lacing. Ha Ha! I thought it was very interesting that they were intended to keep a man from getting turned on by an ankle, when the end result was getting them worked up even more.

I think you and Candie need to get a pair and post pics!!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

One of the links I put up there does that. They custom make them. I do want some!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on June 20, 2009:

Maybe we need to find a good boot maker that can fashion us a pair that fit perfectly! Cost be damned - we need a good pair of boots! I still think boots are the sexiest thing out there..any kind! And it might start a new trend with my "cycle buddies!"

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

I've seen some that are so pointed that I don't know how anyone can wear them! Thanks for stopping by Rochelle!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 20, 2009:

We have some in the Mariposa History Museum where I volunteer--- way too small and not so comfortable-looking.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

Wow.....wouldn't it be fascinating if the boots could talk? Think of all the people that may have owned them for the last 100 years! Thanks for sharing Paper Moon.

Paper Moon from In the clouds on June 20, 2009:

I actually found a pair of Vintage Victorian boots at the trift store that I manage. They were in perfect shape. Cool boots man!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 20, 2009:

I actually owned a reproduction pair for about 5-6 years, but eventually gave the boots away because they hurt my feet. One of the links I've included sure sounded like a good pair of boots. I'd really like to get me some more. My feet are bigger than yours!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on June 20, 2009:

Great hub! I adore these boots! All the while I was reading it I was humming "These boots are made for walking.. and that's just what they'll do.." I wear a size 8 if you ever find a pair like that (They would have to be reproductions cuz the women back then were like a dress size 1 and tiny feet!

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