True vintage or retro? It’s not easy to tell with shoes from European makers. The styles are so classic and the construction methods so traditional that they still look like the beautiful footwear we used to see in North America before marketing and cost-cutting robbed them of their elegance and high quality.
Whether these were made in the Sixties, the Eighties or 5 years ago, they were too good to pass by. The value, of course, is that I can have them repaired as needed for as long as I want to wear them.
That’s it for my most recent treasure hunt but now that I’m on dry land again, you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Imagine gliding around the house in these, wearing your newest peignoir and gown or a lovely hostess ensemble. At-home leisure wear became a significant part of many North American and European women’s wardrobes in the 1900’s. In the mid-century decades when movies gained popularity sophistication and glamour were very important to the average gal.
These are so much fun! Platform shoes have always been a favorite of mine (since they came out in a fashion revival for the 3rd or 4th time in history!) For me, nothing can beat 1940’s and early 1950’s footwear. And, to find a pair in excellent condition is always a dream come true.
Although these are a decade or two older than the hostess gowns I’ve found lately, their classic elegance would make them wearable with either of them. That’s the beauty of the best . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This super-fun summer version of the classic Weejuns is still true vintage but a more recent incarnation – made in the 1980’s or 1990’s, sometime before 1993. As we would expect, they are completely of leather excepting for some parts of the insoles. So, that means that they can be repaired forever when some wear appears.
These are definitely for Fourth of July! I have a purse from the same era that they’re almost a match for. Also, they’re great nautical colors that are popular in the Spring and Fall. However, the closed toe can be worn any time of year.
Another fab find in wonderful condition. Chunky low heels, a raised vamp – perfect mid-late 1960’s style. This is so much fun . . . . .
I was browsing through a few OLD family yearbooks at my parent’s home and look what I found. This photo is fabulous evidence of the classic and enduring style of the spectator pump – couldn’t get better proof than this! Love it when that happens.
And, the rest of her outfit is pretty spectacular, too – reminds me of lots of things in my closet . . . . .
A classic! These are just a run-of-the-mill example, probably made in the Sixties or Seventies, but they just go to show how enduring this style is. Spectators have been showing up in fashion since the early 1900’s, at least.
Although black/white and brown/white are the most common, true vintage styles have been made in all the basic colors, including red, tan,, navy and, probably, grey. If you’re looking for a good city shoe, a pair of spectator pumps is an excellent choice. A true vintage pair is a fabulous one!