A Vintage Look from Head to Foot
Have you ever noticed how much of a difference a pair of shoes can make to a particular look? If you are a regular reader of this magazine, and a vintage style lover, then I’d wager you have! If however, you are new here and perhaps just learning, I want you to keep in mind that what you put on your feet is just as important as any other item in your ensemble.
Feet and shoes are often the forgotten part of the outfit, or if not they are at least an afterthought and that can make an otherwise perfect outfit less so.
“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” I’ll thank Christian Louboutin for that concise point (from an interview for GQ).
Not everyone has the money, or even the desire, to wear stunning true vintage shoes every day but that doesn’t have to mean compromising your look. If like me, you worry about damaging vintage shoes you can of course go for repro and therein you will find quite a range of styles, eras, types and prices to suit most. If you want true replica reproductions that are well made like Remix or Rocket Originals, they might come with a higher price tag but can be well worth the investment. For those who are more careful, or carefree, there are lots of places where you look for vintage shoes at a reasonable price; everyone goes to second hand shops, but try to think outside the box for where your opportunity might be in your local area – trawl eBay for mis-listed items with no bids or even just ask your friends if they have any older relatives who might be de-cluttering.
It can be fun in the summer to play around with lots of different styles and colours to match all of your outfits, but this is often much more difficult in Winter. Where you live and how the weather is there will generally dictate what sort of styles you can wear on a regular basis, so it is best to look for at least one high quality pair which will match with lots of items in your wardrobe; Miss L Fire and BAIT have some adorable boot styles which could do the trick.
Vintage styles often come around again, some even multiple times, so it is a good idea to keep an eye out in your local regular fashion retailers – like those lace up ballet flats that have been everywhere for the last year or so, this is not their first walk in the park!
Unless you find yourself entering a competition like Miss Vintage UK, you probably don’t need to worry that people are scrutinizing your shoes, but if you are worrying, that is ok, I think most of us do!