Still stylish vintage shoes

July 17, 2015

Stylish Vintage Shoes

Like any fashion, shoe styles come back, something that was evident at a recent vintage couture exhibition at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. I blogged about the dresses, HERE, but the beautiful vintage shoes were just as swoonable. I coveted the pair in the image above–I love the pleats and the platform and wish I had a pair.

While I haven’t seen heels like this on the street, similarly styled shoes have appeared on runways in recent years. I’m not sure I’d wear these shoes, but they’re a real work of art. They’re probably comfortable, as the toe box isn’t that narrow and the sole sits on a platform.
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Love the color and pattern on this formal footwear. This is a pair I’d wear if it had fewer front foldovers–the set of three and the back of the heel make them look too elfin. But definitely a statement for a formal evening event.
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These look like they are displayed wrong–the left looks like it’s the right and vice versa. But they are delightful. Here is a closer view:
Of course, this next bejeweled pair just scream late 1950s early 1960s. I love them, don’t you?
Which reminds me: I’ve been watching the new TV show, The Astronaut Wives Club. The show’s real stars are the fashions–the colors, the styles, all of it. It’s not a bad show at all, but the way they’ve handled the visual impact of the era is remarkable.

I love couture exhibitions, don’t you? Got a favorite of the shoes above? Or a reaction to the styles?

16 comments on “Still stylish vintage shoes
  1. Carla says:

    I asked for these. They remind me of my beloved Fluvogs!!!

  2. My favorite are the very last pair I love those. I’ve been watching the Astronaut’s Wives Club too. I think it will be pretty good, I’m just getting to know some of the characters. I can’t keep their names straight yet, though.

  3. Each pair is truly a work of art! Such intricate work. I have a blogger friend who made handmade, bespoke shoes. I think he has retired from that, but I’m sure he’d love to see these! Sharing.

  4. That last pair — so dainty and chic! I recently attended a retrospective show of Fifty Years of Ebony. It was all about Eunice Johnson, the editor. She was a visionary and her picks could all be worn with aplomb today.

  5. Anne-Marie says:

    Fantastic. Like you, I do love museum fashion exhibits. Like the Grace Kelly exhibit that I went to in Montreal a couple years ago. She had a 21″ waist!! And great taste.

  6. If I could find a pair in a 9.5 super narrow, I’d buy any one of these in a skinny minute. Love them! I DVR’d Astronauts Wives Club but accidentally deleted them, so I’ve only seen a couple, but like the show a lot. “Docudrama” is a big responsibility for the filmmakers. Just hoping they don’t massacre history like Oliver Stone does with his film. xoxo, Brenda

  7. Aishwarya S says:

    I love vintage. And these shoes are just fabulous. 🙂

  8. What a fun way to spend time. Those shoes, the ones I loved and the ones I didn’t really care for, are all a work of art.

  9. Oh WOW! I love every single one of these shoes—they’re so cool! Can I have a set of each in a size nine please?? 🙂

  10. Carolann says:

    Oh my gosh I love them all!

  11. Brenda says:

    I love vintage shoes. They are amazing to stare at and take in. Thanks for sharing!

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