After a dozen ‘The Gothic and Lolita Bible’s site is down!!!’ comment notifications I reckoned it might well be time to update the RHS guide!
Please let me know if there are any mistakes or anything else you want to add.
You can find this guide in the memories for future reference
P.S I’m also not bothering to make much of a distinction between ‘true rocking horses’ any more and including all shoes with a chunky wooden platform. I’ve missed out two DD styles that are pseudo RHS but since you can’t buy them any more it doesn’t really matter!
‘Real’ RHS have a cut out at the back and a sloped platform so you can ‘rock’ this makes the heavy platform lighter and easier to walk in.
I've compiled this list from various sources. All pictures are stored on my own photobucket, although if you own rights to the photo and want me to take it down please say. I've listed prices in the currency it sells for rather than USD because of fluctuating exchange rates. Use www.xe.com/ucc to work it out :)
Also to mention when I say 'leather strap' I mean leather style strap. The straps will be made from the same material as the uppers
Prices correct as of 4/3/09 unless stated otherwise
Vivienne Westwood Rocking Horse shoes
The original, the sought after and the cream of the crop of rocking horse shoes! Momoko in Kamikaze girls deems them "absolutely essential for full Lolitahood" and lies to her father to afford them XD
They come in no less than six styles from London:
Rocking Horse Baby (Mary Jane)
There are other Japan only styles such as the
And these ones that are similar the RHS Babys but have a sling strap.
I’ve also seen different ones in Fruits.
Soles are wooden with real leather uppers. They come in a huge range of colours as can be seen from the various pictures. Apparently the normal colours are black, red, white, brown and blue. Other rare colours not pictured include lime green and fuchsia
Sizes are UK true to size although a little narrow. All reviews I've found suggest sticking to your normal shoe size as being leather you can wear them in a bit too.
I believe shoe sizing is approximately UK4/US6/EU36, UK5/US7/EU37 but as this is not a wholly accurate conversion please check first!
Pricing varies with style and colour. some are £270 (GBP) the gold are £295 I believe they’re even more than this now ^^;;; anyone confirm?
The only place you can buy them from is the World's End shop in London, or in Japan. No other VW shop stocks them. You can however, ring the World's End shop and order from aboard providing you know the size and style. This takes approximately 9-10 weeks to make. I know that they do not make the baby (maryjane) strap RH in red or the golf shoes in black and white (only black and natural) but you can have them custom make them for you if you ask nicely. Shipping is £25
The shoes are made to order but sometimes be bought and tried on in the shop.
Vivienne Westwood World’s End Shop
430 King's Road, Chelsea
London, SW10 0LR
(+44) 20 7352 6551
You can also sometimes find them on Ebay
or on Y!Japan, The Old Bailey (Closet Child), or I Love Brand Although the Japanese ones are always much higher in price.
There is a Mellissa collaboration ‘rocking horse shoe’
But its application in Lolita is dubious! These cost £120
The closest you're going to get to these are from
Gothic & Lolita Bible (not to be confused with the actual magazine)
They also make golf shoes
Edit! Site works fine for me but her ebay is http://myworld.ebay.com/glbible/
Soles are wooden, uppers are either oxhide leather, kid leather, or synthetic leather. The Oxhide are black only, the kid leather comes in red, white or metallic purple (indigo). The synthetic ones can be made in a range of colours
Golf shoes can be made in all the synthetic colours including red and white and black and white and come in patent red and metallic pink (peach red) for the kid leather versions.
Sizing is in EU sizes (Can anyone tell me if they run true to size?)
Prices are 829 Yuan (RMB) for synthetic and 1169 Yuan for real leather.
The next closest are
Real leather ballerinas
They come in ballerina and golf styles, in leather (golf and ballerina) and synthetic.
Ballerinas are sold in Black, white and red in synthetic with leather (style) straps, black and red for leather with ribbon straps, and black, white, red and pink for leather with leather straps (group order only of 20+ from 69th Department store). Golf shoes come in black and black and white and boots in black only. The wood sole is varnished
Sizing in EU sizes up to 42 in most sizes
They can be bought from
The 69th Department Store, nana_jun, One Day in Paradise from Lolita Lola by MSN (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sometimes by miwitch
Prices incl shipping from 69th Department are $100 (USD) for synthetic ballerinas, $105 for golfs, $115 for leather with ribbon strap, $130 for boots Prices updated but still from 2008
Next up on the wooden soles are
Double Decker has recently retired a lot of its old styles and also introduced black wood and some new styles. AFAIK Shipping problems/delays have been resolved.
Ballerina (ribbon strap)
Ballerina (leather strap) New! Only available in black
Golf/Kilt Retired! You can’t buy this style from Double Decker any more although there are a few pairs left in the ‘outlet’ section of the website
Lace-up boot (Ribbon)
Lace-up boot (shoelaces) Retired! You can’t buy this style from Double Decker anymore!
Shoe Retired! You can’t buy this style from Double Decker anymore!
Sandal Retired! You can’t buy this style from Double Decker anymore!
Buckle Strap New! Only available in black and white
Multi strap New! Black only
Sandal New! Black only!
Gladiator Retired! You can’t buy this style from Double Decker any more although there are a few pairs left in the ‘outlet’ section of the website
They are soft and unvarnished wood soles with synthetic uppers. Varnishing the wood is recommended to stop them splintering in wet weather. Sizing is from 23 to 25 cms. Update from the comments: “You can get doubledecker-RHs in any size you want. (I ordered some in 26,5cm) Just ask them about your size, and they'll do it”
Due to the toe shape they can be a bit narrow on some people and pinch the toes of wide feet.
You can buy them directly from Double Decker for $100 (USD) for two pairs (or 10,000 yen if you're in Japan). Sometimes they have free shipping offers too. Colours are pink, black and white.
-EDIT- According to double decker's blog you can custom order wood soled shoes in whatever colour you like now! It will take a lot longer though
You might be able to find these in IRL shops as well. The Camden market shop 'Pink Fluffy' used to stock them under their own label so someone is selling these wholesale someplace
The holy grail of rocking horse shoes! An*ten*na used to make the bubble toed RHS which appeared in the film version of Kamikaze Girls
I list these purely for posterity because you cannot buy them anymore ;_;
Varnished wood soles/synthetic uppers
An*ten*na (New/Secret Shop)
An*ten*na brought out some new pseudo-RHs which you
I say pseudo because they lack the cut out back. Still nice though!
They have a foam sole and synthetic upper
available in brown, black and white and multi (card trump)
and cream, red, brown and black (bow)
Sizing S,(22.5) M, (23.5) L, (24.5)
You can buy secret shop shoes from:
Lolita Baby Angel
(There are loads more! Please link me to any I've forgotten!)
Or of course from An*ten*na themselves!
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/an-ten-na/ (I believe you need a shopping service)
Chinese factory that makes shoes for An*ten*na(??) They have recently made the ruffle shoes again :D
http://shop33988685.taobao.com/ (Both Chinese only)
Most are available in black, white and pink. The Yosuke replicas are just white.
Foam soles and synthetic uppers
188 – 248 RMB a pair
Probably the closest to An*ten*na's since they have the edge piping as well. Also the only leather/foam combo you can buy which seems to be the best for sensitive feet!
Rose Chocolat are now open again but I don’t know if the service has got better. You can see the colours and styles that are in stock for shipping right away.
Colours: Red, black, white (ballerina) Red, black, white, pink, brown (golf)
Foam soles, real leather uppers.
Price $99-$140 USD
Sizing 220-280 mms
Bow ankle straps
ballerina (leather straps)
ballerina (round leather straps)
ballerina (ribbon straps)
HUGE range as you can see! Foam soles and synthetic uppers except the very top pair which can be made in real leather
Colours are black, pink, white, red
Sizing 22-26.5 cms
Funky little Shop
Refuse to be Usual
Again, please link the ones that I left out!
Lolita Shoes I call it this because the Taobao site I found them on is called something like ‘The famous Japanese lolita punk discount shoes’ XD
Foam soles and synthetic uppers
168RMB a pair
http://shop58746168.taobao.com/ (Chinese only)
You can also buy them from www.milanoo.com but from all reviews I wouldn’t recommend buying anything from there – you have been warned!
GLP (Gothic Lolita Punk)
Another Chinese manufacturer - not so great for clothes but fine for shoes!
(available in red, black and white)
You can buy them from IRL stores such as the GLP shop in Camden, from the taobao store www.punkshop.asia (western union and bank transfer, paypal coming) and from ebay.
Corsage rocking horses
Black, white 22.5-24.5
wood with synthetic uppers. Yosuke sizing is a bit off. treesdancealone is normally a 24.5 and had to get 23.5
Old style – see above for replicas
And the TL;DR cut-out-and-keep version