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. 🙂
Debbie SessionsMarch 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM
ooo yeah! They are so cute.
Toby WollinMarch 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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.
Lauren RMarch 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM
I think these would look great in black too. Your teacher had STYLE!
NycterisMarch 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Awesome! Those are adorable, I'd love to wear a pair! 🙂
Terry MMarch 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Oh, I agree, very 30's sporty! They belong in a Marple episode. Some of their "friends" will have a home for sure. 🙂
Lauren RMarch 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM
I can see these with a cute little tennis or gold outfit, indeed 🙂
Gracie LeeMarch 22, 2012 at 2:24 AM
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!
Lauren RMarch 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM
That is the intention 🙂 I'd like to do a whole line of early 20th c.
EileenMarch 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM
I love them, and yes, please, bring them back with many siblings. (And perhaps in other colors??)
Lauren RMarch 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM
I think black or brown would be great, in addition to ivory
Sara J.March 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM
Oh, these are fun! They look a little like a 30's tennis advertising illustration – yes, please!!!
AnonymousMarch 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM
I would buy these shoes in a flash. I think they're great looking
crafty ladyMarch 22, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Not exactly alike, but these are similar:
KittyKattMarch 24, 2012 at 1:59 AM
Someone just let out the shoe fairy!
Anne Kirstine Toft JørgensenMarch 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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 😀
Grade A KarenMarch 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM
I had some like this — but with a rubber sole & heel. They were fab; you could wear them just like sneakers.
AnonymousJuly 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM
Does anyone know where I could buy a pair exactly like these?…I've been looking everywhere.
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UnknownNovember 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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!
AnonymousMarch 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM
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!
AnonymousNovember 4, 2017 at 10:20 PM
I had a pair of these "nurse's shoes" back in 1971. My mother received a box of clothes from the church (there were four of us kids) and they fit me! I loved them till they fell off of me 🙁 Everyone at school asked me where I bought them. I remember they were very comfortable & wished I also had a pair in black. Oh if you could create a pair I would buy in both colors!! Crossing my fingers!!
thank you, Christine in Tucson
Lauren StowellNovember 5, 2017 at 12:52 AM
Check out the "Claire" in white by our vintage brand Royal Vintage. (RoyalVintageShoes.com) 🙂