I sold this really rather fabulous pair of 1970s YSL bottle green t-bar sandals (see picture below) this week here on Lovely's Vintage Emporium and it got me thinking about vintage shoes and the sheer quality of many of them.
Today I was in a little shoe repair shop in a seaside town not far from where we are having a vintage pair of my own (1970s Gucci loafers) re-soled when I ended up chatting to the very knowledgeable owner of the shop all about the quality of shoes in the past compared to now. He was very taken with my loafers and said: "It is much easier to repair vintage shoes than new ones as the quality is so good that you have more to work with." When I asked him to expand on this he went on to tell me about a pair of vintage Chanel shoes someone had given him to repair that needed a new buckle and how the quality of the leather was so high that he was able to easily take off the old fastening and elastic and replace them without anyone else really knowing.
He then pulled out a pair of recent Christian Louboutin boots that a client had given him that morning to stretch (a Christmas present that was 1/2 a size too small for her) and although he admired them he felt the leather might be challenging to stretch too much as it would ruin the look of the boots. He said that he never has the same worries when he receives boots that are 30+ years old...no surprise there then.
See below for some fabulous vintage footwear and click on the name of each to take you direct to the page to buy them.
ABOVE: 1970s NEVER WORN LEATHER BLACK/WHITE POLKA DOT SHOES (SIZE 6)
Unworn leather vintage black shoes with white polka dots from the 1970s
Love, love, love these amazing dotty black patent leather wedge shoes with white dots. They have the 1970s Made in USA label 'California Magdesians' and they are comfy as have a slightly padded foot bed. None of us here at Lovely's Vintage take a size 6 shoe otherwise we would have snapped these up! Never worn. Size UK 6 (marked as US 8M) Insole length 10in Heel wedge height 2in
ABOVE: 1980s COLOUR BLOCK LEATHER SHOES (SIZE 8)
Leather vintage brightly-coloured shoes from the 1980s
We adore these amazing colour block leather shoes. They have the 1980s label 'Sutton Plaza' and are only lightly worn with a few scuffs. Size UK 8 (marked as US 10M)
Charles Jourdan leather designer 'Made in Paris' red/white shoes from 1980s Ooooh what fabulous vintage 1980s four-inch high-heeled court shoes! These are by the designer Charles Jourdan and are made in Paris. In excellent condition with light usage on the sole. These are very cute, high quality shoes made in leather. Size is UK 8/ US 10 Heel is 4 inches
Patent red Nineties mary-jane shoes with wedge heel. These are fabulous red patent shoes and we particularly love the wood-style wedge. They have the label 'London Rebel' inside and are lightly worn and actually they may have never been worn apart from on our model. Eat your heart out Dorothy! (Wizard of Oz)
What are your favourite vintage shoes? Do let me know about your collection or even which brands of shoes that are current that you love? I enjoy reading your comments.
Love Lovely x