Monday, February 15, 2016

Heading to Vegas, Baby


Being from Nevada, albeit the other end of the state, I'm not really excited to be going to Vegas for the next three days...but I AM excited to be visiting the US's largest footwear show for the first time!

Now, with American Duchess you know that we design and manufacture all our own shoes, but with our shiny new sister brand, Royal Vintage, we curate a collection of vintage style shoes made by other companies. I'm visiting FN Platform, the footwear leg (foot?) of Magic, that twice-yearly mega tradeshow where everyone in the country sources cool fashion stuff for their stores, to find shoes that have that 20s, 30s, and 40s aesthetic.

I'm excited but also a bit nervous. Magic is *HOOJ* and I'm afraid of not seeing everything or even finding the cool and quirky vintagey stuff! It's rather a "I'll know it when I see it" sort of adventure.

So my question to you is - what would you like me to bring back for you? Any particular styles, heel heights, sizes, colors, decades? What have you been missing in your retro fashion footwear collection? Let me know in the comments below!

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27 comments:

  1. Heels with high vamps and up to size 11.

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  2. Heels with high vamps and up to size 11.

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  3. More 1940s basic styles (basic colors, patterns, etc.) with a heel height under 3 inches, please!

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  4. Fourth for wide widths! Classic spectator pumps, nothing too chunky or outlandish. In Navy and white. :)

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    1. How did you know it was me?! ;) And how did I know to check and see if you commented on this article?! :) Hee hee!

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    2. This is too hilarious!! I knew it was you right off the bat!! Somewhere I've heard about navy and white spectators before.... ;D

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  5. I have such a hard time finding that classic 1950's pump. And shoe clips!

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  6. I have such a hard time finding that classic 1950's pump. And shoe clips!

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  7. I know of at least one shopper who'd like to see size 5.5; she has a HARD time as so many retailers online and brick-and-mortar default to 6 as their smallest adult women's size!

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  8. Strappy 30's heels, like the Janies or Shaynas but with more color options.

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  9. SIZE ELEVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ;) I would love to see some more low-heeled pumps, sandals, etc as they are so nice for everyday vintage wear! And fairly hard to find!
    And if possible, real leather. Soooo much nicer in the long run.
    Have fun, Lauren! I can't wait to see what you find!!! :)

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    1. Low heels are also great because when you're already 6' tall, you don't always want to look like the captain of a basketball team {any more than you already do!} :/

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    2. I hope Lauren can find more choices that will work for you, friend! :) {Ahem, check my comments above! ;) }

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  10. Larger sizes (11 please!) but with a good heel height. Us, tall ladies, don't always like a kitten heel. Some of us love to rock a couple of inches in our heels but can never find a vintage shoe in our size.

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  11. I'd love platform sandals in wearable colours like blue, black, or brown (not that I have anything against red shoes, but sometimes they don't go with the dress).

    I'll give my vote for wide widths as well.

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  12. One paire of military footwear for World War II could be good for reenactress of the WAAC, WASP, CWAC and other woman corps.

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  13. 1940s 'everyday' shoes with a neat, authentic heel that's under 3". 1940s sandals with a wide ankle strap, heel as above. So many retro shoes have heels that are too clunky or too thin and don't look 'right'!

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  14. Flapper french heeled shoes in saucy colors! Violet like the vivid ink scrawled on antique postcards, deep saturated roses, bright corals- mint or seafoam- maybe some colors like the cloth from old Art Nouveau gilt embossed books, those warm rich hues (plums, or ochre in the autumn) that illuminate the walls of Belle Epoque houses, hints of metallic. I want to Charleston down the street in summer heels that are tangerine! I want shoes that are wildly inappropriate for all demure occasions- like the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale- I want shoes that get me in trouble.

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  15. Shorter heel heights, like 1 or 1.5 (definitely 2 and under). I'd love to wear some of these shoes all day at work!

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