Friday, July 20, 2012

In search of the perfect vintage shoe

Lately, I've been really wanting a pair (or four) of vintage shoes, but since they are not always in the greatest of quality, scarce in my size and often pricy, I've been scouring the web for repro shoes instead.

I started with a gander at Remix since I've heard so many wonderful things about them.

*sigh* Maybe one day I'll snag a pair on sale but that day is not today. So I went searching.

I found a bunch of cute designs by Chelsea Crew on ModCloth and Amazon.  These read very 40s to me.

Another 40s looking pair but red.

I also fell in love with this shoe. I also spied it in navy, black and burgundy around the net. Of course, the color I liked best (burgundy) was only available on one site and out of stock in my size.

I also loved this pair but I think this is a discontinued style.

Another burgundy shoe

I also stumbled upon Aris Allen swing dance shoes.

I'm loving these 30s style wedges! And they're less than half the price of the Remix ones.

And these 30s style lovelies are for when you are feeling a bit dressier.

So I guess the question is which pair to buy?


  1. I love Chelsea Crew shoes for a cheaper vintage look! I have the red pair and I completely adore them.


  2. Try Amerimark {I think I have a link to it on my blog}, they have vintage inspired shoes for really low prices! And I've heard some are very comfy!!

  3. I love the Gramercy ones! But yeah...way too expensive! The burgundy School-astic shoe is nice, too, and much more affordable. (I have a soft spot for oxfords and brogues...)

  4. Aris Allens are ridiculously comfortable. Between DH and I, I think we have 6 pairs. I know a number of people who have the rugcutters and love them- they make your feet look tiny! They're supposed to be very wearable in terms of walk-ability and whatnot. I bought the 30's T-strap for my wedding but I messed up my knees and so could only wear them for the ceremony. They are very cute but do look rather bridal, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wouldn't be hard to dye them a bit brighter and more wearable.

  5. I love the look os vintage styled shoes! As someone who wears a size 9/10, finding cute vintage shoes in my size is just not going to happen. I wrote a post just yesterday about Amerimark, which has lots of cute shoes for under $30! Can't wait to see what you pick!

  6. I own some Remix pairs and have loved them for many years... they are expensive but good quality, all leather made. If you're going to LA to their store, they often give 20% off if you can pay cash!

    Do you know Rockets Original, a UK make:
    I also have some pairs from them and love their design.

    I also love Miss L fire shoes:
    What is great is that they have seasons collection... but they are quite expensive!

    You can also choose dance shoes, less expensive but often not leather made:

    But retro style is really fashionable these days so here in France I can easily find shoes with a vintage look even in local cheap stores if you can recognised a 30's-40's or 50's heels you can make great bargains...

    1. I did check out Miss L Fire but with the currency exchange rate and international shipping, they're just out of my budget. :(

  7. The answer is 'them all'! ASOS often has vintage inspired shoes, and free shipping worldwide! I get most of mine from there, and they also stock brands like Melissa and Miss L Fire so when they have sales you can get those brands even cheaper! Good luck in your search.

  8. I think I'm in an amazing vintage shoe trance over here! These are all so, so beautiful and timelessly stylish. Fingers (and toes!) crossed you find just the pair you're dreaming of soon!

    Have an awesome weekend, honey!
    ♥ Jessica

  9. I have a pair like the blue ones, only mine are burgandy! :) They are from Bakers Shoes and I got them on clearance because they were being discontinued. They are actually super comfy (I even wore them, but not all day, up until I was about 7 months pregnant). You can go to and watch their clearance and sale sections. I think I got these for $39, and they have some other shoes that could definitely pass for vintage style. I really like the look of a lot of vintage repro shoes, but they're often almost as expensive as real vintage. Oh, and actually Forever 21 has had some cute retro-looking shoes really cheap in the past. Hope you find some at a good price, and if you do let us know where ;)

  10. It's sad that you can't wear shoes like that in the winter here in Sweden! :(

    Link to my real blog: