Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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V81: Vintage Early 1930s Sporty "Nurse" Shoes

I've been lurking around eBay, looking for vintage shoes.  I've fed my addiction recently with 3 pairs, all former shop displays from the 1930s.


These are my faves.  If only I could get my foot in them! They're a size 5.5 A width, absolutely teeny tiny, but gorgeous to look at.  I've been looking for perforated white "nurse" shoes for so long - I don't consider them dowdy, but rather sporty, don't you?


These lovely ladies are going to take a little trip oversees, along with several others I will show you soon, and when they come back, they'll have friends. :-)



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  1. OK -- you're really taking me back with this. I had a 6th grade teacher in (mumble, mumble) 1963/64 who wore these exact sort of shoes (perfs and all) in May and June, but wore black versions from September through the end of April. At the time, because a) I was 11 years old and what do 11 year olds know about guessing people's ages and b) she had snow white hair and was a little bit stooped, we all thought she had to be ready for retirement, in her 60s for sure. I met her much later, when I was in college and she told me she'd just retired, that she'd finally reached the age to retire. Which meant that she was 55 when I had her. But in any case, this style of shoe was a very popular shoe for 'mature' women in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and the white perf'd version was the summer shoe of choice.

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    1. I think these would look great in black too. Your teacher had STYLE!

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  2. Awesome! Those are adorable, I'd love to wear a pair! :-)

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  3. Oh, I agree, very 30's sporty! They belong in a Marple episode. Some of their "friends" will have a home for sure. :)

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    1. I can see these with a cute little tennis or gold outfit, indeed :-)

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  4. I hope that when you say they'll return home with friends, you mean you'll be producing them, because I will buy the crap out of these shoes!!! I can't wait to see what's coming down the line!

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    1. That is the intention :-) I'd like to do a whole line of early 20th c.

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  5. I love them, and yes, please, bring them back with many siblings. (And perhaps in other colors??)

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    1. I think black or brown would be great, in addition to ivory

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  6. Oh, these are fun! They look a little like a 30's tennis advertising illustration - yes, please!!!

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  7. I would buy these shoes in a flash. I think they're great looking

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  8. Not exactly alike, but these are similar:
    http://www.tictactoes.com/dance/latin.htm

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    1. Someone just let out the shoe fairy!

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  9. Since you're dipping into the 30's oxford pumps style genre - what about making a pair of spectator pumps? They were really popular in the 30's and 40's...and look awesome :D

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  10. I had some like this -- but with a rubber sole & heel. They were fab; you could wear them just like sneakers.

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  11. Does anyone know where I could buy a pair exactly like these?...I've been looking everywhere.

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  13. I am showing these pictures to my Sunday School class because we are reading about a boy who didn't have shoes to wear to church. The only shoes in the house his size were women's nurses' shoes. He was a child in the 30s. Thank you for sharing these pictures. It will help my lesson go well!

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  14. they are my size! I've been looking for these. I've been
    a nurse for 41 years and still working, and would buy these in a heartbeat!

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