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Princess Shoes

These were custom made for Princess Lilian of Belgium, designed by Roger Vivier, whom I gather from my visit to the Bata Shoe Museum, was the shoe to M. Dior’s dress. You notice that she’s my namesake.

bata shoe museum princess shoes-001

But these, made for nobody with a crown, are more to my taste. They were sewn and decorated c. 1900 by women of the Caddo, Native Americans in Oklahoma.

bata shoe museum mocassins by Caddo women in Oklahoma

That led me to read about the Caddo who lived along the Red and Mississippi Rivers in populous farming villages around the time of the Plague in Europe. Their contact with Europeans began in the 1540s, and we all know what came of that. But even after 350 years of depletion by disease and everything else that came with European settlement, their vitality persists; you can see it in those shoes, beautifully made for someone the maker cared about. Maybe this woman.

Photo of Caddo woman, 1906


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

7 thoughts on “Princess Shoes

      1. I copied from people who are present on Facebook. Most of them do not copyright that kind of “political advertising”.

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