This one is for the gents. Tonight is the Pumps and Pearls ladies party at the Apple Blossom Festival.  We all know what pearls are but pumps?  According to Shoes History Facts dot com, the pump, or court shoe, came into fashion as part of the medieval traditions of the wealthy class of rulers and politicians in Renaissance countries like Italy, France, Spain and England, among others. Here in the US pumps for women usually have a medium or “kitten” height heel. The shape has varied through time but they usually have a closed toe and have a small vamp, that being the part of the shoe that covers the toes. Pumps can be made from any material, but traditional paten leather is popular. Pumps are mostly worn with a suit or a uniform, but are also worn with formal and informal dresses, skirts, trousers, and jeans.  In the Regency Period upper class men also wore a form of pumps, or opera shoe.  Today men’s pumps have been replaced by the Oxford.  So men, when your lady sends you to her shoe collection to get her cream colored pumps, you’ll at least have a clue as to what you’re looking for.  Oh, by the way, if it looks like a pump but has a strap across the instep, that’s a Mary Jane.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/