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About The Little Black Hobble Skirt

Roger and Sarah Adams of RoSa Shoes introduced The Little Black Hobble Skirt in 2011 as the perfect companion to their stiletto shoe designs. A collection of made-to-measure "hobble" skirts - classic tight skirts, just as challenging to walk in as they were in the eras when they were first worn, but absolutely irresistible.

All skirts are made individually to your own measurements, with minimum amount of "wiggle room" added to achieve the desired "hobble" effect.  When you have decided which skirt you would like (choose from three different lengths, and a range of fabrics) and have placed your order, you will be sent a measurement chart with full measuring instructions. After we have received your measurements, we ask you to allow up to 28 days for your skirt to be made.

Sarah of RoSa Shoes in Knee Length Little Black Hobble Skirt

What is a Hobble Skirt?

A Hobble Skirt is a skirt which is designed to follow the figure closely and restrict the stride, creating that sophisticated way of walking which so many find highly desirable.

Most "pencil" skirts in current mass production try to achieve the appearance of a tight skirt while still allowing freedom of movement by using long, unattractive splits, modern stretch fabrics and so on, but this is not what the designers originally intended. They believed that "The Walk is The Look"  - and their models and clientele were happy to demonstrate it.

Starting in 1910 with the Oriental-influenced ideas of Paul Poiret and his contemporaries (see photo below) the ultra-narrow skirt (whether knee-length, calf length or ankle length) has made many comebacks over the years, from the post-war 1940s onward.

1910 hobble skirt

Despite the impracticality of tight skirts, elegant women love to wear them if the occasion is suitable and The Little Black Hobble Skirt now has hundreds of satisfied customers, delighted at the opportunity to wear something uncompromisingly extreme - and made to measure at a very attractive price.