It is no secret that I have a passion for vintage shoes. But when buying them online, it can be hard to tell if they will fit or not. Sometimes I will keep a non-fitting pair just because I love them so much I wish I fit into it them! But it's time for a shoe purge...I'm saving up to buy a few expensive reproductions that really fit, so it's time to pass on the too-big or too-small vintage shoes in my collection that I never or rarely wear.
So I'm offering to my blog readers in the USA a special pre-sale, before I list them on Etsy or eBay.
Shipping NOT included in the prices. Payment by PayPal within 24 hrs of invoicing: first come, first served. If payment is not received in 24 hours, I will move on to the next person.
NOTE: I am willing to consider Best Offers as well, though priority will be given to anyone willing to pay the full asking price.
- Email me at joysinstitches (at) outlook (dot) com
- Include your zip code
- Include the number and title of the pair you want to reserve
I will have these available for blog readers only for one week. After that, they will be listed on Etsy or eBay.
I've done my best to describe them and the correct size - keep in mind all are at least 60 years old. Please compare measurements with a pair of shoes that fit you to determine if they are a comparable size.
1. 1940s Rust Spectator Pumps, sz 8AA
Gorgeous classic 1940s pumps with little wear. Lovely rust color with light tan stitching detail - brand Fedway Debs. They have the high vamp that could also mean they are from the late 1930s. A few minor marks on toe and one slightly darker spot the size of a fingertip on one side - not noticeable when worn. Heel is just under 3 in., insole measures 9 3/4 in. x 3 in. I'd estimate they are closer to a modern size 7.
2. 1950s White Pleated Heels, sz 9 1/2 AAAA
Lovely white heels with dipped sides and pleating around the toe. These have been whitened at some point, and could probably use it again. They have some light gray marks around the edges common to well loved white shoes. Currently they have modern toe pads in the front of each shoe which could be removed. 3 1/4 in. heel. Insole measurements are 10 1/2 in. x 3 in. A rare larger size! I'd estimate they are closer to a modern size 8 1/2 or perhaps 9.
3. 1950s Shades of Blue Cutout Heels, sz 9
Tweedies brand summer shoes in two shades of blue and white, with a gorgeous cutout shape and toe area and slender heel. The light blue has seen better days - there is plenty of fading, light discoloration, and spotting. Not too noticeable when worn (ideal for stage productions), and perhaps can be brightened up with leather treatment. Insole at the toe is beginning to curl. 3 1/2 in. heel. Insole measurements are 10 1/2 in. x 3 in. I'd estimate they are closer to a modern 8 1/2 or 9 narrow.
4. 1940s Chocolate Brown Leather Heels, sz 7B
Air Step brand in chocolate brown smooth and soft leather, with virtually no signs of wear. Great walking heel height of 2 1/2 in. Supple leather - lots of wear left in these! Roomier toe box width-wise than many vintage shoes. Insole measurement 9 1/2 in. x 3 1/8 in. I would estimate they are true to size.