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Gothic Victorian Footwear

There are many types of footwear in Gothic Victorian fashion.  Shoes may be flats, heels, or boots.  The most popular style of shoe is the boot.  This is primarily because this is the most period-accurate.

Boots may be plain, or have prints, such as:

  • Damask
  • Floral
  • Bats



Granny boots are named such because, for many people, this is the style of shoe that their grandmothers wore.  These boots are usually mid-calf height and heavily laced.  See photo to right.

Heights of boots include:

  • Ankle boots
  • Mid-calf
  • Knee high

Generally Gothic Victorian boots are not higher than the knee.

Even footwear can be accessorized.  Fancy footwear embellishments may include:

  • Ribbon/bows
  • Cameo
  • Bats
  • Skulls
  • Buttons
  • Buckles


Boots may also be decorated with a lace insert.  This is a part of the boot that is see-through and made of lace.

Some shoes are versatile and can convert from a heel to a boot with a strap that wraps around the ankle and snap-buttons to the heel.  This type of footwear is considered modern and is not period accurate.  Proper ladies of the Victorian-era did not show their ankles.  However, modern Gothic Victorian women look great in any shoe they decide to wear.

Shoes may also be open-toed.

Spats are worn not only for their intended purpose of protecting the boots from mud and other debris, but also to complete an overall look.  Both women and men may wear spats.

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