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The Wedding Shoes of The Queen | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Wedding Shoes of The Queen

Shoes from the hand of Edward Rayne, by appointment to her Majesty Elizabeth Regina

Manolo says, in celebration of the Queen Elizabeth’s and the Prince Phillip’s 60th Wedding anniversary, there is the exhibition of their wedding clothing, which includes the shoes she wore on the big day.

The shoes worn by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, on her wedding day, designed by Edward Rayne made with duchesse satin and trimmed with silver and seed pearl buckles…

Peep toes? The Manolo would not have expected that.

11 Responses to “The Wedding Shoes of The Queen”

  1. Dakiwiboid July 28, 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    Many a bride has worn much, much less comfortable shoes on her wedding day! If only more brides wore comfortable, as well as pretty shoes under their gowns, perhaps the Bridezilla phenomenon would be lessened just a trifle.

  2. Noga July 28, 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    The shoes seem comfortable enough. And quite pretty, even in today’s terms. I wonder if they were made for wearing just that once and then relegated to the museology of royalty, along with the crown jewels?

  3. Amanda July 28, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Apparently young Lizzy had a saucy eye for the sexy shoes! Seems appropriate for marrying a Greek prince, non?

  4. Toby Wollin July 28, 2007 at 6:15 pm #

    Ah, but the Princess Elizabeth of the time was the daughter of the Queen Elizabeth(the Queen Mum) of the time who had the reputation of being a) a very snazzy dresser and b) an appreciator of beautiful shoes. So, I’m sure that she had an eye for something truly extraordinary(seed pearls on the buckles or not). Unfortunately, as one ages, comfort in the shoes becomes paramount (sniff), so having to spend a lot of time on one’s feet, as the Queen does, daily, probably necessitates a change in the design of the footwear. She still likes to wear snazzy headgear, though.
    Those are, however, quite luscious shoes, in a mid-50s way, of course.

  5. Mizu July 28, 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    I have always been of the opinion that this particular pair of shoes is the platonic ideal of wedding shoe, and all other shoes are somehow less perfect. Kicking around somewhere on my harddrive is a black and white photograph of these shoes taken much closer to the actual wedding date and you can see the wonderful detail of the twisted satin. *sighs* It’s enough to make one want to put up with a man just so one can get married.

  6. sabrina July 29, 2007 at 12:19 am #

    Wow. Those shoes are indeed super fantastic. How timelessly classy they look!

  7. Anonymous July 29, 2007 at 12:26 am #

    peep toes indeed! what a snazzy queen we have!

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  9. Meg Q July 29, 2007 at 6:16 pm #

    The peep-toe was the style of shoe in the post-war years, and, as noted, QE the Queen Mother was very fond of this style, as was the then-Princess Elizabeth – she continued wearing them well after her accession in 1953, when a more sandal-like shoe had become vogue (though she adapted her style to that, eventually, before settling on the pump). Edward Rayne made absolutely beautiful, custom shoes for HM and HM for many years – well into the ’90’s, I believe. Thanks for sharing these with us, Manolo!

  10. Hannah J. July 29, 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    This just goes to show that fashion has been around for quite some time…the shoes are gorgeous!