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A History of Shoe Clips

To know me, is to know that I love shoe clips. I only discovered they existed a few years ago and have been a little bit obsessed ever since. Funny to think that when I started Pin Up and Pearl, I didn't know what shoe clips were or that they would be one of my favourite things to make and one of my best sellers.

So, first question's first... what is a shoe clip? Think of it as a bit of jewellery for your shoe. Generally, the clip is made of metal, with a hinge that attached to the top of the shoe. The front is decorative and perhaps adorned with fabric, metal or gems.

Shoe clips first came about in the 1800's, allowing ladies to make the most of their shoe collection. They saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1950's but had lost popularity by the 1960's. Shoes became cheaper and consumer culture grew and the spirit of 'make do and mend' fell out of fashion.

However, they are back! Available in many different shops online and on the high street, there's a wide choice of different styles to suit everyone's needs. I certainly recommend having a look at Pin Up and Pearl's shoe clips, but then again, I may be a bit biased!

Shoe clips allow you to reinvent your shoes over and over again- better for your wallet and better for the planet than frequently buying a whole new pair of shoes. Us pin up girl's love an accessory and what's not to love about an accessory that's so quirky and versatile!


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