As many of you know, I am unfortunately allergic to leather (actually the chemicals used to tan leather) BUT I am dying to try out some vintage shoes (late 30's/early 40's) as the chromium tanning process didn't begin until the late 30's and wasn't widespread until later. I am holding out hope that maybe, just maybe, I can find me a pair of vintage lovelies that won't cause an allergic reaction!
The other problem with trying to find vintage shoes is the sizes! It must be a gold mine if you are a size 5 or 6 but much more difficult if you wear an 8, 9 or 10 size shoe.
I stumbled across these shoes on etsy this last week:
I think these are the PERFECT shoes. They looked very familiar...so I dug out my Forties Fashion book and sure enough, they are the SAME shoes (sold by Kickshaw Productions which is run by the man who wrote the book, started the Fashion History Museum in Ontario and has this blog):
But those aren't the only lovelies on esty. How about these beautiful rich brown seude shoes with adorable red bows:
I just came across this amazing and unique 1930's/1940's shoes on etsy. Sadly, a size 6--but I am in love with this color combination:
Or what about these tan and brown shoes which are a bit closer in size (but would still probably be too tight to be truly comfortable):
I think I must have a thing for the 30's/40's shoes that have bow details because I also love these lighter ivory shoes:
If it wasn't always so cold here, I would invest in more sandels. I love these colorful 1940's wedges:
Talk about small, these beauties are a size 4:
While I think the late 30's and 40's is my favorite time period for shoes, I also really like shoes from the 1920's/early 30's. Check out these beautiful flapper shoes:
And finally, these AMAZING ivory shoes! These would be perfect for a vintage wedding:
Which ones are your favorite? Do you own any vintage shoes?