Hot! Shopping for New Vintage Shoes

This week's theme is all about making something attractive out of something that is less than so. A pattern's envelope cover really makes quite the (positive or negative) impact and, sadly, modern patterns lack the magic illustrative style that make vintage patterns so appealing. It's not that they're bad patterns, per se. It's that they just aren't art.

I get quite a few comments about the shoes I wear in my photos. While they're never vintage (my feet are too wide), they certainly have a vintage styling to them. I especially love the wedges and thick heels of the 1940s. Whenever I'm pouring over the pages of vintage advertisements and the Sears Catalog, I wish that I could shop directly from their pages. Oh the choices!

So I had a thought: If modern shoes were presented as "vintage" shoes, would I be able to fill my lack-of-time-machine shopping void? Well, since I did the Photoshop magic, it doesn't particularly make me feel like I found a magic catalog. However, that shouldn't stop you from shopping to your heart's content!

I present to you, Modern shoes with a vintage shopping twist:




Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Akkk! I love these all! what a brilliant presentation!! Great post!

  2. What a darling post!

  3. What a fantastic idea and they look Sokol good. I am in love with the Seychelles Women’s In With the New Pump. You’ve made my day x

  4. Thanks! I actually bought those shoes yesterday for $39 at a boutique near my house. That’s why I knew to look for them online!

  5. Squawk! Those naturalizers (my favorite brand BTW) are adorable. I think I might have to pop down to my Naturalizer store tomorrow.

  6. Very clever presentation! I thought it was a vintage ad at first!

  7. Wow, great job! I really want new shoes now, too. ;)

  8. This is very fun! I love Seychelles brand.

  9. Brilliant…and I cannot BELIEVE how very vintage so many of these really are. The Chelsea Crew and Seychelles are darling…Sofft makes some very cute retro-style shoes, but they’re usually not so all-out vintage; they tend to have just enough of a modern edge that you know they’re not real vintage shoes (though I should note they are INCREDIBLY comfy despite the cute!). But these…they really look like you stepped back in time and went on a spree!

  10. Magic catalog, INDEED! This is going to be a problem! Thank you for making all these wonderful resources so readily availible!

  11. They look great! My Grandma (now in her 80’s) still wears shoes exactly like those pictured in A. She is offically on trend again!

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