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December 23rd, 2008

Twelve Days of Shoe Shopping #12: Drummers/ Peggys

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me,
Twelve drummers drumming…
which wouldn’t have been such a nonsensical gift when this song was first written down, in the late 1770s. At that time, drummers were more than just the backbone of any musical ensemble; they also played a vital role in warfare. On the battlefield, drummers set a marching pace. They accompanied parades and provided the drumroll of executions. Drums were so associated with military strength that in old English, “Tabert,” a great drummer, also meant a great king.

That said, to our modern ears this verse of the song may sound like the lyricist has simply run out of ideas and is randomly repeating words.

So, for the last time, I will move away from the original gift and toward a gift of shoes. The Peggy by Sam Edelmen has a white toecap not unlike the skin of a drum. Oh, who am I kidding? Shoes and drums have very little to do with each other. I just wanted to feature these shoes because they’re killer. The delicately shaped heel of the Peggy supports a formal oxford, the darling of the chic country life look. Strap them on for a modern take on Dickensian fashion.


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