I am reading a very interesting book about Margot Asquith. I think you all know that I am something of an Angophile, so this book, about the wife of the Liberal Prime Minister of Britain just before World War I, fits right in.
She was a very interesting woman, with strong opinions and a distinctive personality and style. She was H.H. Asquith’s second wife and became the step mother to his five children and they had two of their own. One of the step children was Violet Asquith, who married Mark Bonham-Carter and they had a son and he had a daughter who is the actress, Helena Bonham-Carter.
But, actually, this post is not about that (now that I’ve certainly gotten your interest.) It’s about shoes.
The cover photo of the book about Margot shows her coming out of No. 10 Downing Street wearing the most amazing pair of shoes. Elegant and narrow, with a pointed toe and a wide buckle.
Coincidently, some time this week, I came across a blog post about the shoe designer Pietro Yantory. Of course, I’d never heard of Pietro Yantory and curious person that I am, looked him up. And I think he designed those shoes that Margot is wearing.
He was born in 1874 and died in 1936 and proclaimed himself, “The most expensive shoemaker in the world.”
There are many of his shoes in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here are some of my favorites: