Saturday, March 24, 2012

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V84: Vintage 1930s Brown Oxfords


If you follow along on Facebook, you will have seen a photo of this exquisite shoe.  I hunted these on eBay a little while ago and was overjoyed to have won them.  They're so perrrrrfect.

They're a size 5 1/2 A, completely unwearable, but these beauties are like little sculptures, and a very typical pair of shoes from the later 1930s.  I'm tickled to look in late '30s catalogs and see shoes so very similar, and one of these days I expect I'll find an ad for these precise ones.

Like the perforated sporty pumps from a few days ago, these oxfords will travel oversees to be sampled into a modern version we ladies will actually be able to get on our footsies.  (btw, no harm will come to the vintage shoes as they are being sampled; they are only there for study)

These shoes were never worn - they spent their life as store displays.
The original laces
These have quite a high heel - 2.75 inches, but I think a 2.5 inch heel would maintain the integrity of the design, while being just as period and more manageable to wear.
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16 comments:

  1. I would buy these SO fast, in as many colors as you make them...

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  2. I think you should keep the 2 3/4" heel! It's so hard to find nice period shoes with (what I think of as) decent heels.

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    1. I like the higher heel too!

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    2. Likewise, I think the original height of 2 3/4" is not unrealistic for most people. That seems like a very low heel to begin with, in my opinion, but then, I tend to go for higher heels anyway ;-)

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  3. They will fit my teensy tinsy feeet! I love these so much. They would look amazing with skinny jeans.

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  4. Very nice shoes - the sports pumps were also adorable...both of the shoes are very pointy, are the modern versions also going to be that? The shoes in the beginning of the 30's were that - but people also had smaller feet, and were use to wearing smaller shoes. A good idea is perhaps to make the toebox a tiny bit bigger and more round?

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    1. I suspect these shoes look so pointy because they are such a narrow width. I like the rounder toes, personally, too.

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  5. If we could preorder these before April 27th, I would be a happy lady because I could have these for my birthday!

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    1. Oh, these won't be ready until next year, but I appreciate your enthusiasm for them :-)

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  6. are you really thinking of manufacturing these???

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    1. Yes, I really am, but not until next year, and then only if there is enough support, of course.

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  7. ooh, what pretty shoes. You could wear them today and no one would guess they weren't modern.

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  8. More 1930s fun: http://www.retronaut.co/2011/07/shoe-design-c-1939/

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  9. Out of curiosity, how do you know they were store samples?

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