Gibson Women's Edwardian Leather Shoes (Black)

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Gibson Edwardian Shoes are an excellent shoe for all occasions dating c. 1900 - 1925. Elegant yet sturdy, Gibson will look excellent at your Titanic, World War I, Downton Abbey, or Somewhere in Time events, as well as perfectly snazzy with modern clothes.

Gibson is directly created from an original Edwardian shoe, and bears iconic cutout styling, a gracefully pointed toe, and our exclusive, custom-made French heel.

Materials & Sizing

  • Top grade calf leather upper
  • Leather lining
  • Leather soling with double layer welt
  • 2 inches / 5.08 cm custom made French heels
  • "B" width (average)
  • Runs true to size


Size Trends Runs true to size for most customers.
Width Regular (B) width 
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Color Black
Upper 100% Calf Leather
Lining Pigskin leather
Sole Leather
Heel Leather Covered
Heel Height 2 inch / 5 cm
Footbed Lightly Padded
Closure Tie
Design Designed in Reno, Nevada, USA
Materials China
Assembly Made in China

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Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
Sheryl G
Perfect fit.

I usually wouldn't wear new leather shoes for a full day, but I found myself suddenly having to drive to Boston after my FIL was taken to the hospital. I then spent the next 12 hours pacing and my feet were perfectly comfortable the whole time. A surprise treat on a stressful day.

Iwona S.
An equal fitting

I love the look of the Gibsons and was so excited when they arrived, sadly had to return. I bought a pair of these in size 7 for myself, and 8 for my daughter, and one shoe fit, and in the other, the heel was popping out, for us both. We never had this problem with any other pair of shoes, so I think it's a manufacturing flaw. I bought a pair of Bellatrix and Londoners in size 7 and they fit well.

A West
Wish it were higher quality

First time buying American Duchess and I'm sad. I wear the shoes all the time not just for historical things because they are beautiful. But I found a local cobbler for guidance on shoe care. He told me to bring them back when the toe part of the sole had worn through the thinner sole layer because he could put a toe cap on the sole that would make it last longer. I did, and he ended up replacing the entire bottom sole because the sole had a cavity in it. I know nothing about shoes and so I quote him: he said, "the soles are cheap".
I don't like writing mean reviews so I'll say what I do like as well. They are extremely comfortable, fit dang well, and garner me many compliments on the regular. They make your feet look adorable and the heels are very sensible for a klutz like me who twists her ankle all the time. I can wear them all day without any trouble, and I can't even say that about my converse.
I may give American Duchess a second chance because I have a cobbler I trust, and I do recognize that you are paying for the vintage designs, but I am disappointed that such expensive shoes are described as having cheap soles.

It sounds like your cobbler misidentified the sole type at first and gave you inaccurate advice, then had to backpedal once you'd worn them through. The Gibsons are a cemented sole construction (used in most women's shoes for over 200 years!) with quality materials. This is a different construction method than a Goodyear or Blake welt construction. Both types are valid and one isn't necessarily 'better' than the other, but they do require different resoling methods! Rather than wait to resole until you wear holes in the sole, cemented soles should be resoled before holes appear. You can read more about sole maintenance and repair on our sole care page under the Information tab > Shoe Care and Customization.


I bought a pair in ivory to wear at my wedding - they are beautiful and well-made (a little stiff because I forgot to break them in before walking down the aisle, but that's my fault!) and kept up with all the running around and dancing! My only note is that they were a little more green-toned than I was expecting, but they worked out just fine.

lovely but too narrow

I have a couple pairs of shoes from AD and they’re both amazingly well made. I wear them with period costumes and they work well for that. The problem with both is the width. I can’t understand why they don’t make even their most popular styles in wide widths. When I spoke to their customer service I was told to simply size up. Everyone with wide feet knows that doesn’t work. These are cute shoes and I bet they’d be comfortable if they fit my feet correctly. Please step up and start making wide widths! Not doing so is the equivalent of only selling sizes 7, 8, and 9 because that’s what fits most women. If you can make this shoe in a 12 you can make it in a wide.

We're sorry to hear these weren't the right fit for you!
Regarding wide sizes, we'd love to be able to offer them but there's a lot of hurdles to get to that point. We did test out wide sizes of some of our most popular styles in the past, and they didn't work out - not enough sold to meet the minimums to make them. Wide sizing is unfortunately not as simple or the same as extending the size range to include 12s. Factories consider a 'wide' shoe to be a completely new, different style, and that means we need to meet minimums on BOTH the regular and wide versions separately. While places like Zappos can mange those large amounts, we're a small, very niche company, and those factory minimum requirements outstrip demand at this time. We're working on being able to expand in the future!
That said, we're always around to give advice on how to stretch a shoe, or what styles might be a better fit for your foot shape, so reach out to our customer service with questions!