These are far and away my favorite American Duchess so far. That mostly because I'm not heavily into the bulk of 1770s costuming, and so far I haven't really done anything after 1865.
I like the Highbury slippers because they have the pointed toe, fairly high vamp, and low heel that's characteristic of shoes from c. 1795-1810.
In addition, they have tiny little loops inside that can be used to lace a ribbon through. You can use all of the loops, as in the model picture, or use fewer loops for a different look.
|Costume Parisien, c. 1798|
Right now, I'm dreaming about a pair dyed a nice, bright yellow.
I think I'd also trim them with white ribbon at the seams and around the front of the vamp, and add a strip of white leather to imitate this common look at the heel.
I can't wait!