We found these shoes of my grandmother’s and a tiny box with a hooked instrument in it when we were cleaning out my Dad’s apartment after his most recent move.
Mom had slipped a little note into the box with the hooked instrument saying it had a pearl handle and had been used to hook up the laces on the shoes. She said the shoes had belonged to her mother when she was a young girl. Mom figured Grandma had worn the shoes around 1912 which would make them and the accompanying shoe hook more than a hundred years old.
I was very curious as to why my Mom had kept the shoes. Looking at the soles I believe they were probably handmade for my grandmother or perhaps for one of her two older sisters and then passed down to her.
I remember my mother telling me that when she was a little girl it was very important to their father that his children all have good fitting shoes and he spared no expense in that regard. According to Mom my grandmother’s feet were somewhat deformed because she had been forced to wear shoes that were too small for her when she was a child. My grandfather didn’t want that to happen to his children.
I looked at some photos of my grandmother as a young girl but you can’t really see her feet in any of them to see what kind of shoes she is wearing.
I am not sure why my mother kept her mother’s shoes and the beautiful shoe hook but they are interesting souvenirs from my family’s past and I don’t think I will be able to part with them either.