Shopping for Vintage Footwear

I previously wrote a series of “How to” posts to share my love of vintage and what I have learnt over the years and I have decided to share some of them here, I hope you enjoy them and learn something new from them.

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Do you have an eye for good vintage shoes or do your eyes dull over when you walk past the shoe racks in the local op shops? Often good affordable vintage shoes are hard to come by while out thrifting.
I can think back now over some amazing shoes that I have purchased in my teens and not held on too and now when I look over the racks I struggle to find the same quality that I was finding 10 years ago.

Here are some tips to help you make a wise decision when investing in vintage footwear.

  • Always try them on before you leave the store. Walk up and down in the pair.
  • Examine the Soles of the shoe ( underside of the shoe), Sole repair or replacement can be expensive so factor that into the cost of the shoes.
  • Check all the straps for cracks, buckles, heel tips etc, there is nothing more disappointing then going out in your gemsĀ  for the night and having the strap snap or heel create a hobble in your step.
  • Don’t be deterred by worn out liners inside the shoes, these are cheap and affordable and can be replaced.
  • Unless the Leather on the shoes/ boots is shedding or cracked ( put it back on the shelve) then invest in some leather conditioner, Armour Oil ( yes it works) or good old fashioned Vaseline.

2 thoughts on “Shopping for Vintage Footwear

  1. Thanks for the tips Mel! I’m desperately needing to update my vintage shoe collection so this will come in handy. Also… I’m constantly amazed at how versatile Vaseline is! Massaging into shoes! Who knew?

  2. You’re welcome hun, I struggle to find them now as they all had genetically smaller feet then, my poor size 9’s cannot squeeze into their delicate shoes

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