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Desperately Seeking Susan Boots

By , 19 October, 2014, No Comment

Whether you’ve gone back to fashion school with me or not, you likely know that finding those black boots from 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan is a tough task. Not now! Well, at least not if you are a size 6. You can buy them here!

80s desperately seeking susan movie boots booties

Blue Suede Coffee?

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

Foxy, brown Coffy Pam Grier in blue suede is a shopping inspiration.

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Get the look with this blue sueded velour dress by Malouf of Dallas from the 70’s.

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

Stunning 1970’s blue suede jacket with shearling collar and cuffs.

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Retro riviteded blue suede go-go boots with star power!

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Save Your Shoes From Salt This Winter (And Beyond)

By , 23 November, 2009, No Comment

Few things are worse for footwear than the salt — those white salt marks aren’t only ugly, they eat the leather away, drying it, cracking it, and damaging it. But it’s not only the salt put down to de-ice winter sidewalks and roadways that’s the problem. Rex Streno, owner of Ullrich’s Shoe Repair, explains:

Salt doesn’t come from the road. Salt comes from the leather itself. The leather is tanned with salt. When it gets soaking wet, the salt rises to the top of the shoe. That’s how you get the salt stains. The salt is in the lining, and it’s in the leather.

(In that article, Streno gives general tips for shoe care and repair — but again I remind you to please consult a shoe repair person experienced in vintage shoes before you agree to any services.)

Because tanning methods, ancient and modern, used salt, it’s likely your vintage leather shoes were tanned with salt. And ‘weather’ or not you fear winter’s salt or the salt already in your shoes which will be brought out from snow (or rain) — or if your town uses sand for traction rather than salt to melt away ice, your vintage shoes and boots are also at risk as sand grinds it’s way into soles, seams, and uppers — it is time to think about how to protect your shoes.

The best way to protect your footwear is to not wear it outside and tempt the fates and weather systems. Slip off those vintage darlings and slip your feet into some cold weather boots. Not only will you avoid salt damages to your shoes and keep your tootsies warm, but you’ll avoid slipping on wet and/or icy pavement, which puts your safety at risk and increases the potential to damage vintage shoes with scuffs, tears, broken heels, etc.

I know we fashionistas tend to resist real cold weather boots (I myself bought only fancy leather boots with heels for years), but the best way to save our pretty babies is to wear those less than fancy boots.  And since modern made boots can be more properly prepared to brave the elements, restored or even replaced when problems occur, it only makes sense to wear them not only in bad weather but in seasons where bad weather is more likely — or just left around on the ground, ready to trip you up.

The good news is that, via A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe, I discovered a contest that’s giving away a free pair of Whooga ugg boots every month– enter to win here!

Maybe you can save your vintage shoes for free — and save some money to invest in more vintage shoes *wink*

Modern Boots With Vintage Style

By , 10 September, 2009, 3 Comments

You might not appreciate everything about the “return of 1980’s fashions,” but I’m getting a huge kick out of the number of fabulous vintage inspired boots & booties available this Fall!

The Hannah ankle boot from Annie’s Shoes is about as practical as a classic vintage inspired bootie can be — quite a few color options too.

Hannah Ankle Boot

Hannah Ankle Boot

Fioni’s Mason Button Boot is a fab modern re-do of the classic side-button bootie (often called the “granny boot”) — love the feminine scalloped edge that’s mirrored in the button placement too.

Mason Button Boot

Mason Button Boot

Love, love, love the grand patent leather button on these grey suede Aerosoles Rolette boots with ruching.

Aerosoles Rolette Boot

Aerosoles Rolette Boot

The Corso Como Gianna Ankle Boot in black suede has an elegant close-to-the-ankle cuff accented with a dramatic bow.

Corso Como Gianna

Corso Como Gianna

If you really love cuffs and bows, check out Fioni’s Whitney Cuff Boot with layers of soft (faux) suede, a very over-sized cuff, and one unmistakable bow.

Whitney Cuff Boot

Whitney Cuff Boot

All of these are lovely, but I think my current favorite is this Chie Mihara boot by Nysataupe suede boots with flowers?! *swoon*

Chie Mihara Boot

Chie Mihara Boot

Boomin’ Barbarella-esque Boot Sale

By , 1 April, 2009, No Comment

A Slip of a Girl alerts us to what she calls the “To Heel With The Economy!” sale of United Nude shoes at Juxzy — where I found these incredible retro-style, Barbarella-esque boots! At 65% off!

Sharpei Hi Naval Camo Boot by United Nude

Sharpei Hi Naval Camo Boot by United Nude

I love the neutral white & grey colors pallet — but still, the geometric designs are boomin’!

Because the sale is at Juxzy.com, a private sales boutique, the sale is while supplies last and open for a limited time only. (Membership to Juxzy is free — but by invitation only. Luckily, Slip of a Girl can get us in! Just use her email address as your referral: slipofagirl@gmail.com.)