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Why Hobble Skirts?

Our Little Black Hobble Skirt is the perfect companion to your RoSa Shoes High Stilettos. Tight skirts and shoes with stiletto heels are made for one another, as our photo below perfectly illustrates. See how the rear curve of the shoe echoes the rear curve of the wearer in her tight skirt?

Genuine Hobble Skirts with no unattractive splits or vents, beautifully narrow and restricting below the knee, are difficult to find in mainstream shops. Companies which mass-produce for the general public fear that not everyone has the patience to wear them. It was therefore logical to meet the demand by producing our own collection of tight skirts, made to our customers' own measurements for maximum "hobble" effect.

Sarah of RoSa in 1960s style knee length hobble skirt in black crepe


Hobble Skirts are, as you would expect, feel more restricting to wear than ordinary straight "pencil skirts". Because the movement of your legs is limited, you walk from the knee, using a more exaggerated hip motion. Practice is needed, especially going upstairs - but the result is devastating.

The restriction of a tight skirt feels less of a hindrance when you wear high heels. Tight skirts and high stiletto heels were originally designed to work together. When you try on your Hobble Skirt, even before putting on your shoes, you'll instinctively walk on tiptoe, as if wearing heels. It all feels natural.

[ Note about the correct use of the word "hobble" in the context of the Hobble Skirt - a woman in a Hobble Skirt does NOT hobble (walk with a limp). To imply this would be offensive and would convey an unattractive idea, completely at odds with the elegance of the garment. It is much more correct to say that her skirt hobbles her. It acts as a hobble around her legs. It's the skirt which does the hobbling - not the wearer! ]

The Hobble Skirt in everyday life

A woman who chooses to wear a Hobble Skirt to enhance her figure and emphasize her movement is a glorious sight. As she enters a room, her skirt pulling taut around her legs at every shortened step, she knows she cannot fail to be the centre of attention. This empowers her, even though her skirt hampers her ability to walk.

Women wear Hobble Skirts for a variety of reasons - to make themselves feel wonderful, to attract male attention, to dumbfound less adventurous rivals, to create controversy, to laugh in the face of ridicule, to antagonize those unfortunate members of the "fashion police" who express outrage at any hint of impracticality or eroticism  in women's clothing - and so on. In short, the Hobble Skirt makes a Statement.

In the world of entertainment, the slow, seductive gait imposed by a Hobble Skirt means that its wearer remains the focus of an audience's attention (or on camera) that little bit longer - one very good reason why a performer, or recipient of a showbusiness award, will often choose to make her entrance and exit wearing a skirt in which she can barely walk. The woman best remembered for her memorable use of an immobilizing figure-hugging dress was Marilyn Monroe. Her legendarily late arrival to sing Happy Birthday to JFK has gone down in history and was entirely caused by the tightness of her gown, in which she was almost unable to make her way to the stage at all.

In the workplace, the Hobble Skirt also represents empowerment. A female executive wearing a Hobble-Skirted business suit and high stiletto heels looks the epitome of efficiency. Although her physical capability is greatly reduced, the respect her smart appearance commands makes her life easier - she is obviously not a member of staff who would be called upon to undertake menial or strenuous tasks.

The Hobble-Skirted woman dictates the pace. She cannot and will not be hurried. The world waits for her in fascination, compelled to make allowances for the way her narrow skirt inconveniences her, yet enhances her personal style, dignity and charisma.  

Sarah of RoSa in 1950s style calf-length hobble skirts in black twill suiting

In a Hobble Skirt, you must move and behave differently. You have to walk as the skirt tells you to walk, gliding along with short quick steps like a geisha. It takes practice and patience but it looks delightful.

Contrary to the claims of fashion “experts” concerning the clothing requirements of the (allegedly) more active modern woman, life has inadvertently become better-suited than ever to the wearing of Hobble Skirts.

After all, we are living in the twenty-first century. When was the last time you had to mount a high step to climb aboard a bus or train, as women did every day during the tight-skirted 1950s or '60s? Just how difficult is it to drive your automatic car to a multi-storey car park and saunter around the adjoining smooth-floored indoor shopping mall, complete with escalators, elevators and mobility ramps? It's so much easier to get around these days and yet many young women think they have to dress around town as if they were about to hike across the Himalayas. Very odd - and very sad!

If you do ever need to move quickly in a narrow skirt, simply break into a graceful (and aerobically beneficial) trot - and watch those heads turn in admiration. Back in the early 1960s, the sight of beautiful women running to catch buses or trains in their tight skirts and stiletto heels was, for many fashion connoisseurs, the highlight of the daily commute.

Once you have grown accustomed to it, we think you will actually enjoy the elegant sensation of feeling hobbled by your skirt. You'll be pleasantly surprised, and occasionally amused, by the reactions it provokes. You'll quickly find that people have no problem at all with the way you have to walk - most will admire your style. As for those few sad characters who don't approve and stare unkindly at you - just be cool, wear big sunglasses and ignore them.

Our "Little Black Hobble Skirts" are a long way from what so many High Street shops sell as “pencil skirts” - those corporate-looking, unexciting, straight, excessively stretchy items of clothing, with their unsightly and unnecessary splits or vents, advertised as offering “freedom of movement”. One wonders what kind of movement the manufacturers envisage – the Can-Can, perhaps, or the Steeplechase?

What the fashion industry and its various commentators currently seem unable to comprehend is that tight skirts are supposed to change how you walk and move. The subtle little manoeuvres you must learn to accomplish in order to go about your daily routine are what makes a restricting Hobble Skirt so eternally fascinating, to both wearer and admirer alike. You must develop an ability to cope calmly and serenely with an item of clothing so obviously impractical and challenging to wear. This is what will define your elegance and set you apart from the crowd.

Wearing your "Little Black Hobble Skirt" may occasionally present you with interesting little problems to solve, but once you’ve got your walk and your attitude sorted, you’ll be fine. American fashion journalist Edith Russell successfully escaped the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 despite, as she later described in a radio interview, being almost unable to walk in her new full-length Paris Hobble Skirt (the first item she grabbed from her cabin wardrobe en route to the lifeboats). We're sure you'll survive in rather less demanding circumstances.

Just work that wiggle, accept that you must walk as your Hobble Skirt dictates, and take a little extra care on stairs, which should, of course, be avoided whenever possible (there's usually an escalator, mobility ramp or elevator in most public places these days - unless, like Zahia Dehar, you really want to show off!)

Less apparent to a newcomer to Hobble Skirts, but more important with regard to personal safety  - going downstairs in a longer skirt which hobbles your ankles is something to be undertaken slowly, carefully and with great mindfulness at all times, so please watch your step, don’t forget those stilettos - and, above all, have fun!