One of the most challenging aspects of making vintage dresses and suits is what shoes to wear with them. I wrote a whole post about this once.
I often keep an eye out for 1960s shoes in charity shops and on the internet but have rarely been successful with this. You need to get the right size and colour so it is very hit and miss, and I don’t really want to wear someone else’s shoes (I have bought new or nearly new though).
For ages I have suggested to everyone I know in the fashion world (I don’t know more than one or two) that a modern version of some of the classic shoe shapes would surely sell well. I have put together a couple of pictures to show the type of styles I believe would be popular.
I am just being nostalgic for the type of shoes my Mum used to wear and that I associate with a more stylish age? Or is there something inherently elegant about these shoes? Unlike today’s monstrosities these have low heels. High enough to look feminine and elegant but perfectly nice to walk in. Foot shaped shoes in neutral colours rather than horribly uncomfortable shoes that steal the show. In the sixties the dresses, coats and jackets did the talking. These days the clothes are often bland and black; shapeless and unbecoming, so the shoe has become the centre of attention.
For me the use of a little fabric or metal decoration on the front, a squarish, or almond-shaped toe, and a low or kitten type heel make the foot and leg look longer and more elegant without much compromise on comfort.
Recently I was pleased to see some developments on the shoe front that made me happy. Both Office and Topshop have this season introduced some very retro type low heel pumps. Including in silver and gold. Made in Spain from very soft leather I tried on the silver ones and bought a pair. Worn with 1960s or 1970s outfits these shoes will go perfectly without hogging the limelight. In fact last Friday I wore mine with my Birkin flares and felt fantastic.