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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

What's It Wednesday #58
One of the most fun and inexpensive collections that I'm always on the hunt for are shoe clips or buckles. They are such a very Victorian fashion statement.
How ingenious to get a new pair of shoes just by changing a clip! I always add them to my flats to add a little pop and sparkle.
Shoe clips are pretty plentiful if you know what you're looking for. This is what the backs look like.
Most often I find them in grab bags as singles, though. If you find them, don't pass these up!
They make beautiful necklaces,
or embellishments to purses,
and of course shoe clips.
The variety of designs and materials make for remarkable and endless collections and possibilities.
We love to show you something a bit unique and quirky, like shoe clips!
Hope you'll incorporate a few buckles and clips into your wardrobe or design, too.
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Kay San Nicolas @ Gallery Fifty Eight said...

Shoe clips, hmmmmm you got me thinking about whether I even see these when I go thrifting. Goodness, this will be another reason to stay in the thrift store for more hunting. Love it and thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I LOVE the idea of clipping a shoe clip on a necklace. What an excellent idea and a fun thing to collect. Thanks so much for hosting the party.


Heirloom treasures said...

These are lovely. I especially like the first one. I think some look very 1930's x

Biljana said...

Beautiful Collections, thanks for hosting:-)

Anonymous said...

Uh oh! I think you have inspired a new lovely thing to look for when I'm at my favorite antique malls! So many pretty things to do with these shoe clips...the possibilities are endless. Thank you for hosting. It's always a fun time at Ivy and Elephants.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love the clips!! So pretty!!

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!


My Shabby Chic Home said...

Thanks for hosting! Have a nice day!

Unknown said...

I love the ideas and must be on the lookout for them :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

All the shoe clips are wonderful. I use to have some years ago that I would wear. How fun is this. Thanks for hosting. Hugs, Marty

Ricki Treleaven said...

These shoe clips are so pretty, and what a fun way to change the look of shoes! I also like the idea of wearing them on necklace chains. So cute! great post!!!

Susie said...

I always thought big clip on earrings could work for shoe clips. I love the whole idea of them. When shoe clips were invented, shoes were real shoes...none of these thin soled flats with a bit of rubber for a heel. I miss real flats. I liked the idea of putting some bling on handbags.xoxo, Susie

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks for hosting each week! I am finally back to regular blogging. Love this idea too. I have a friend who even uses shoe clips on her sleeve sometimes! She did it for a party and it looked so cute. XO, pinky

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Gorgeous shoe clips! Thank you so much for hosting...hugs, Penny

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh Patti I love all shoe clips I have some also , maybe 2 pairs of the rhinestone ones.
When I was in high school they were popular
I had a pair of silver ones I loved

Anne said...

What sweet buckles!I do remember these!
Thank you for hosting!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Patty. I must teall you....most of what you have are dress clips...not shoe clips. Shoe clips had shorter and wider backs. The long ones with teeth are definitely dress clips , made popular in the mid Victorian era through the early 1950s, and often came in pairs as well as singles. Many were made but unsigned by famous makers. You have some great examples. They are being used as pendants very successfully which is wonderful because they are beautiful! You have a great collection!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dear Ruth, I wondered why some of the backs were different! Thanks so much for the additional information. Now I have another way of displaying my clips too!

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

I love this idea. Now I'll have one more thing to keep my eyes our for when flea shopping. Just what I need :(

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Patti: Your shoe buckles are beautiful. What a great thing to collect. I will be keeping my eye open..Thanks for hosting..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Jeannie and Linda said...

Another lovely collection Patti! Thanks so much for hosting the party today.

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

Melissa said...

I love the clips, so many pretty options to dress the plain 'Jane's"
BTW I have shoe envy over those leopard print flats!
Thanks for hosting.

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Evening Patti, I adore your collection of shoe and dress clips, they are beautiful.
What a lovely addition to a pair of shoes, or clipped onto a jacket or jumper.
I found an Edwardian pair of shoe buckles which I featured in one of my posts....they are not visually as stunning as yours, but they are still beautiful.
I am so glad I found you and I enjoyed your post so much, that I have become a new follower.
Looking forward to you visiting me at, Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have time.
Best Wishes

Pura Vida said...

I am just crazy about those pins!! or jewelry..all of so pretty!

Alessandra said...

Oh...beautiful!!I' ve never seen a collection of shoe clips...great and fantastic. I love the idea of clipping them on a necklace.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

As always I love your collections...thank you so much for sharing once again with your readers! Also thank you for hosting and wishing you a wonderful week!
XO Barbara

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for featuring my quesadillas and thanks for hosting! Have a pretty evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Wow. How fabulous are those shoe clips. I have not seen any in my outings to the flea markets. Or maybe I have never paid attention before but I will certainly keep an eye out for these beauties. What a great idea. You always find the most unusual and glamorous items. Thank you also for featuring my post today.

Unknown said...

I loved my one and only pair of shoe clips...wished I still had them. Your collection is lovely and I like all the inventive ways you used them.

Thanks so much for the feature and follow.


The shoes are gorgeous! I love embellish them like this..a beautiful idea to use a shoe clip on a necklease too! Thank you,.. a million, lovely ladies, for honoring me with a feature at your great, fun and exciting party, What's It Wednesday, which I love to link every chance I get. I'm also thrilled to be next to some great features this week too. Big hugs to you!

The Vintage Chateau said...

I remember my mother used to have several pairs of shoe clips in the 1960's. I don't own any but I've used large clip-on earrings as a substitute! Thank you so much for featuring me this week, your party is always so unique!

Trisha said...

Thank you so much for the feature! It is always a pleasure to join in on the fun and to be recognized just makes it even better!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Patti,
shoe buckles had a revival in the 70th here. I had some pairs but don't know now where they are gone. Such treasures like your haven't been in my collection. They look really charming and I would love to find them. Thank you for sharing this interesting post and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Doni said...

Oh what yummies! I love the idea of taking something so simple, like a pair of regular ol' shoes, and embellishing them so easily! We really ought to bring that back and make them popular again! Love your collection!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!

Sue said...

Oh my, how I remember wearing these clips back in the 80's. I loved the added bling they brought to my shoes! Wish I had kept them, though. I never see them at yard sales or in shops- but maybe I should start paying more attention. Thanks for hosting, Patti.

My Brave True Hero said...

This is a nice idea to add attraction for a women's shoe.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Patti, Your shoe clips are wonderful and you gave me some great ideas on how to use them. I found one in a box of stuff I bought at auction. Now I know what to do with it. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
xx, Sherry

Tina said...

Great treasures those shoe clips are and pretty too. Thank you for sharing and hosting.
Have a great weekend.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Your shoe clips are beautiful! I love to use clip on earrings as shoe clips and on necklaces.
Woman use to dress with so much flair and style.

The Tablescaper said...

What a neat idea to turn a shoe clip into a necklace.

- The Tablescaper

Stacey said...

so creative and i love the bling element:-)

chateau chic said...

Patti, Your collection of shoe clips is so beautiful! Love all the different ways to use them. I'm going to have to keep my eye out for these when I go on the hunt.
Mary Alice

Katherines Corner said...

I like shoe clips too! I had some purple rhinestone ones I used to wear on some black velvet heels. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Palomasea said...

Happy Weekend, lovely Patti and Paula!
Thank you, dear Patti, for your kind visit! I am on the mend, I believe...
I love how you re-purpose these beautiful fun!
In fact, I was just reading a little piece on shoe clips in a magazine...and I know I have a few vintage ones in my goody boxes...
I love the idea of wearing them as a pendant..will have to try it.
Yours are so pretty....
Big hugs to you too,
- Irina

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh what beauties! I think I admire the clips the most, but they are all lovely!
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet note for me.
I am happy you enjoyed viewing.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


OK let me first say that I always have a very difficult time getting into your blog; the page take literally minutes to appear and sometimes never does appear, but today, it only took about one minute.

THESE ARE SUCH A GREAT COLLECTOR'S ITEM. I have worn toe buckles on my shoes before and they truly make a statement. These that you show are just beautiful!

Thank you my dear for coming by to visit. Have a great weekend! Anita

Anonymous said...

Hi Patti! Oh, I love your pretty shoe clips. I remember a time back when I had a few but none as gorgeous as yours. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, those shoe clips are wonderful, I do find them from time to time, yours are gorgeous!! You always show such fabulous things!


Donna said...

What gorgeous shoe clips! You have an amazing collection! I just so happened to find one several years ago, by accident. It was at the bottom of a box of beads that I bought at a church rummage sale. It's marcasite, and so pretty!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh! My!...
Those shoe clips not only the coolest thing designed but really do make a shoe pop. I had a set so many years ago that were my grandmothers and for the life of me cannot remember what happened to them. My daughter buys ballet flats that are beveled as if a shoe clip are on them, she most attracted to this design. But the plain one could use a set or two of your beauties :)

thank you sweet dear blog friend for taking the time to stop by and express a few words about my latest customer order, your so right the customer is always right and sometimes they come up with new and creative things for me to paint :)

Looking forward to Valentine post I am sure yours will be full of love and hearts.

Burlap Luxe said...

O, Patti,
I forgot to tell you I have at times taken vintage broches and have pinned them to curtain tie backs, and lamp shades adding that romantic bling, as for my design style now I would have to find a tin or galvanized one if I were going to pin it to anything :)
I alway love seeing the beauty you ladies come up with.

See you soon.
A beautifully inspiring up and coming week to you!

Adorned From Above said...

Thanks so much for hosting.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a stunning collection you have. I love the way you embellished the purses, and they really do make fabulous necklaces too. Thanks for sharing:-)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Patti! Oh my! So pretty and so clever-I have many flats myself and there are so many times I wish they had a bit of glam- so now I know what I need to be looking for- Thank you!!

The Liberty Belle said...

Oh I love each and every one of those lovely shoe clips! You've inspired me to try starting up a collection of my very own. Best wishes for blessed and wonderful week.

Terra said...

These shoe clips are pretty and sparkly, and let me tell you, I like sparkly. You are clever to use them as necklace pendants and on a purse too.

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

We all love some bling in our wardrobe and your shoe clips certainly add the unexpected. I'll need to watch for some of these treasures. Patti, thanks for leaving the sweet comment on my January Sparkles post!


Kelly said...

I remember shoe clips being popular in the 80's weren't they? I'm not sure, but I recall wearing some at one time. The old ones are so pretty too. Those were some good ideas on how to wear them when they're not in a pair.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

I love that one cream colored purse with the clip on it. How gorgeous! Thanks for the reminder invite to come by and link up. I so appreciate you having us all over!

jp said...

Oh, boy am I late for the party! Didn't get my e-mail notice and I am on your list :(
Linked up two this week...hope that's okay!
Thank you for hosting!

The Charm of Home said...

I used to have some shoe clips. They were neat! Thanks for hosting.


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