What is Steampunk?
The kooky and curious steampunk style has gained real traction in the fashion world over the past few years. What is steampunk? We're so glad you asked! Steampunk is a hot fashion trend that marries elements of 19th-century fashion (i.e. when most things were powered by steam) with technological features like gears and pipes. Walking canes are a favorite accessory of those who live and love the steampunk style. Whether you're interested in dressing up in an elaborate steampunk costume for a party or just to learn a little more about this curious trend, we're here to give you a breakdown on steampunk fashion!
Steampunk fashion is influenced heavily by the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century. During this time, more factories were built to produce goods and machinery was introduced to reduce the number of laborers required to keep up with production demands. Steam-powered machinery became the order of the day at this time and steam engines became common in mining settings as well as factories. This is where the "steam" in steampunk comes in. Steampunk is not to be confused with the punk subculture and music genre, which is an entity of its own.
Steampunk Walking Canes
Walking canes and elegant walking sticks paired with top hats were a popular fashion accessory among gentlemen during the Industrial Revolution and throughout the 19th century. As such, walking canes have become a staple of steampunk fashion. Steampunk walking canes tend to feature intricate designs featuring cogs, gears, bolts, and pipes. Steampunk canes are meant to be evocative of the century that inspired them but are decidedly modern in their edgy appearance.
Steampunk in Pop Culture
Today, Steampunk is prevalent in science fiction, video games, and alternative culture. Steampunk tends to refer to science fiction works set in alternate versions of the 19th century in which steam-powered technology is more advanced in order to produce more fantastical technology in order to serve the story. Steampunk is making its way to the mainstream and this style is exhibited in popular films such as Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), which features an array of cooky designs that incorporate cogs, gears, and other steampunk traits.
Featured Steampunk Walking Canes
If you're looking to add a twist of the sinister to your steampunk look, this Steampunk Gears & Skull cane will be the perfect complement to your ensemble. The Industrial Revolution was a time fraught with hardship. Factory laborers were exposed to unsafe conditions that often resulted in injuries or death. As such, the Steampunk fashion often exhibits a flare of the macabre to represent the darkness of that time. This haunting masterpiece exemplifies this perfectly with its eerie elegance.
Though the skull handle is the same as the aforementioned cane, this item could not be more unique. This Steampunk Gears & Skull Cane is designed by 2 Saints in Paris with the most exquisite attention to detail. From the individually crafted gears on the skull handle, to the gorgeous brass-tone cogs on the ferrule, this cane is a true steampunk masterpiece. The brass tones of the ferrule and handle contrast beautifully with the rich stamina wood shaft and the concealed gem is a hidden gem for collectors and casual steampunk stylists alike!
Step into Steampunk Style!
As the Steampunk trend continues to grow on the alternative scene, it's clear that this trend is here to stay. Perfect for conventions, costume parties, or simply for your own amusement, Steampunk fashion is a world of its own, begging to be explored. Steampunk is slowly inching its way into the mainstream through popular entertainment, so be sure to get in ahead of the crowd and secure your spot as a steampunk trendsetter! When you decide to strut your steampunk style, be sure to do so with a fashionable steampunk cane at your side!