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!
Some fabulous vintage footwear for you.
Turquoise is the color for Spring, so why not look ultra up-to-date with these vintage turquoise mules from the 1950s? The silver details (studs and trim) and grey rhinestones make these classic vintage heels!
If you’re more delighted by Spring’s traditional pastels, look at these lovely clear Lucite mules with painted pastel flowers!
I’m often surprised by the magnificent colors in women’s shoes from the 1940s — all that black and white film viewing distorts a reality of colorful shoes!
Like the vibrant green snakeskin of these peep-toe platform heels from the 1940s.
These shoes from the 1930s or 40s era are painted silk — an Art Deco geometric design of olive triangles, green, red and white circles on black silk. But that’s not all!
There’s even geometric stitched designs on the gold leather (which matches the ankle straps) at the top center of the vamp, right before the at the peeptoes.
Also, don’t forget to check out The History of Ferragamo Shoes. The post covers not just the history, but why vintage fashion lovers covet shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo.
I’m giving High-Fives this Friday to:
3. Also at Inherited Values: meet Mary Fuller — and let her introduce you to Frankenstein?!
Sure, “bee” is a pun based on the flapper expression “the bee’s knees,” but it’s also an art deco color scheme. Because most of what we see of flapper attire is in black & white, you may not know it, but a pretty warm yellow paired with dramatic black was a rather common color combination (often leaving the yellow looking like “white” or at least ivory in vintage photographs).
Since the straight “tube” flapper style of dress (combined with smaller sizing) can make most actual vintage flapper clothing too small for most of us to wear (or be unflattering when we do!), you can add in touches of the roaring twenties with fabulous flapper art deco touches.
I found some lovely yellow & black art deco designed (so that’s vintage style, not actual vintage) silver plated barrettes with black & yellow enameling and Swarovski crystal accents — what a pretty way to manage your bangs while you work on growing out that bob!
If you’d like something a bit softer, less geometric, in design, how about this lovely actual vintage art deco enamel and Czech yellow necklace with flowers and feminine ovals:
To add to your flapper look, finish off with some actual vintage shoes. These silver shoes with a top ankle strap match the metal of the barrettes and necklace and go with nearly any modern ensemble too.
Of course, if you’re looking for more of a basic & casual shoe (with more size options too), try these Cortny flats with three ankle straps by Elizabeth & James — a more modern version of the flapper shoe in versatile (and popular this season!) ballet flats.
OK, so these scenes of Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve (1941) aren’t exactly about shoe shopping…
But if you’ve ever seen The Lady Eve, the shoe scenes are difficult to forget — even if you don’t love shoes.
Those that believe in the power of shoes, well, let’s just say you’ll find Stanwyck’s sacrifice of a pretty shoe — stretched out from under the table into Fonda’s path tripping him — a grim but understandable tactic to get the attentions of one’s Prince Charming.
Once she’s made him literally fall for her, she stands above him and complains that he has broken the heel off her shoe and has him escort her back to her room to help replace the shoes he has ruined with another pair.
Once back in her room, Stanwyck seductively leans back on a wardrobe trunk and toys with the shy, awkward Fonda with a flirtatious, “See anything you like?”
Now that he’s confused by her sexual aggression and drunk on her perfume, she points to her compartmented shoe bag with fifty pairs of shoes & commands him to select another pair for her — all the while, making suggestive lines to further distract him. Once he’s found a pair, she proffers her nylon covered foot — exposing her nylon covered leg via the generous slit in her black evening gown — and bids him to put the shoes on her feet.
He is as mad about her now as many fashionistas are about shoes in general; he is in full swoon.
If you’re looking for some shoes with the power of Stanwyck’s, try some strappy peep toe pumps from the 40’s.
Saucy vintage maroon suede peep toe shoes with a wooden heel!
Black Mary Jane peep-toe shoes never go out of style.
If you don’t have an evening gown, or the occasion to wear such dressy ensembles, these lace-up green leather peep toe shoes from the 1940s allow for more casual thrills.
Super platforms that Raquel Welch would have worn as super sexy spy Fatham Harvill in Fathom — especially with that fabulous little red minidress — had she not been out-running bulls and stuff *wink*
Even if you’re not a dental hygienist-turned-skydiver turned spy, you can be super sexy mod in these 1970s red and blue suede platform shoes have a mod floral cut-out.
Red leather platforms with hand painted flowers on the vamp…
And the back of the heels too!
Maybe you’d like something a little more psychedelic? Well, you can’t get more psychedelic than these clear open-toe, studded wooden platform shoes with red patent leather ankle straps!
Along with the outta-sight space decals, there’s even a neon lips — like a kiss — on the front!
Even if they are faux suede, these vintage high heels and matching handbag in a fabulous electric blue are too incredible for oafish dancing partners.