• Short Summary

    Winklepicker shoes being designed, made and fitted at Stan Bartholomeu's shop in Battersea, London.

  • Description

    C/U of the open pages of a fashion book with a plate showing a couple dressed in fashions from the 1700s, panning right to show the hands of shoemaker and designer Stan Bartholomeu sketching a pointed-toed shoe from a book with illustrations of footwear from the Fifteenth century.

    M/S and C/U of him sketching as commentator says "Those medieval shoes are partly responsible for the birth of a current vogue among teenagers - the Winklepicker", and goes on to say that SB's shop in Battersea, London "is a mecca today for members of the Beat generation".

    M/Ss and C/Us of SB selecting a piece of blue leather and cutting out the shoe design from a template, then of another man at a sewing machine, stitching the inner lining to the leather upper. Next, a man is seen tacking the leather onto a wooden last; then we see a man buffing two different shoes (a white and a red high-heeled winklepicker) at the buffing machine.

    M/Ss and C/Us of a shop assistant and two girls sitting in the shoe shop, one girl tries on a pair of plain white high-heeled winklepickers, the other tries a white pair with a black section across the vamp and black heel. The first girl then tries a red pair with kitten heels - the toes on all are incredibly long and pointed - youch! Commentator says "Stan Bartholomeu originally attempted to introduce the style four years ago, and couldn't sell a single pair. Today such is the demand that he and his assistants turn out 300 pairs a week with a long waiting list".

    As the girls stand up in the winklepicker shoes which the commentator says "One could hardly call them attractive. Practical, perhaps, for winter sports (when you wouldn't need skis!) but scarcely dainty".

    Note: This story is Eastman Colour, the others in this issue are Technicolor. Interesting look at these fab shoes being made. On file is a magazine article 'Spice of Life' which mentions that Adam Faith and Joe Brown have their boots made by Stan Bartholomeou [sic], 'shoe-maker-by-appointment to the slickest trend-setters'. Cuts exist - see other record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    109.20
    Media URN:
    1502
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1960
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:12:00 / 01:51:47:00
    Canister:
    CP 296

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