Gone With the Wind…Shoe Edition
Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the greatest films of all time (and one of my personal favorites) I wanted to do a post on shoes from the movie. However, with the enormous hoop skirts the actors might as well have been wearing ugly Crocs!
So instead, I took my inspiration from the costumes of Scarlett O’Hara and propose what modern-day footwear she might have worn, given an unlimited budget and, perhaps, a time machine.
The shoes are at all different price points, from “Hey, I own those!” to “Hey, some rich and famous celebrity owns those!” To see where to buy any shoe, just click on the picture.
(note: this is not an exhaustive list of all the costumes Scarlett O’Hara wears in the movie. These are just my favorites.)
At the start of the movie, we meet Scarlett O’Hara. Miss O’Hara is a precocious, dominant, flirty girl. She shows off her flirty skillz (yeah, that’s right. I said “skillz) with twin male suitors. It’s basically the opposite of most men’s dream come true. She’d need some sky high red heels to match the red sash on her dress. A platform and two straps complete this shoe, born to be as wild as Miss O’Hara.
At Twelve Oaks, Ashley Hamilton’s family is holding a BBQ party. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I wore a skirt to a BBQ, let alone an enormous hoop skirt. Although Scarlett’s not an innocent spring chicken, she makes every effort to play the part of a delicate southern magnolia. In these pure white shoes, Scarlett could be mistaken as an innocent baby.
You saw her dressed proper for a woman in mourning. But while she’s outwardly composed, her feet were moving so fast beneath her hoopskirts that you could barely make out what shoes she wore. These shoes are black, as dictated by traditional southern mourning custom. But the tiny sequins that cover every inch of these festive heels matches how Scarlett felt at a ball she wasn’t able to dance at…that is, until Rhett Butler enters.
Curtain dress: Quite possibly the most famous ensemble ever to be crafted from drapes (take THAT The Sound of Music!) Scarlett has nothing to wear and has to go beg for money from the dashing (and imprisoned) Rhett. She’d need some rocking heels to support a dress made from curtains, and these shoes TOTALLY rock!
Painting dress: while getting painted, Scarlett would have stood for HOURS and possibly worn short heels or flats. These Jeffrey Campbell flats have been on my wish list for almost a year now.
White dress, blue coat: When Scarlett finally heard that Ashley loved her and they were in each other’s arms… she was dressed as a stylish lady, showing off her figure, her money, and her youth. Christian Louboutins, with their signature red soles, are the best for showing off during a public spectacle around town.
Red “hussy” dress: at this point, Scarlett is humbled…well, as much as Scarlett O’Hara can be humbled! She’s forced to wear an extravagant, over-the-top red dress to Ashley’s birthday celebration. I’d imagine that she’s view her shoes as a way to defy Rhett and she’s wear as demure a shoe as she could find…although I can’t imagine she’d own anything too dowdy to wear in the first place!