On the blog today I am showing you my favourite pick of some delicious pairs of authentic 50s wedding shoes.
First for a little bit of shoe history…In the 1950s high heals were popular with rounded or peep toes, as well as ballet slipper style shoes (a perfect match with short white socks). In the earlier part of the decade the heals were more sturdy – these short & thicker style heals were more conservative (perfect to go to lunch or go shopping in). By the mid-50s kitten heals and stilettos had become increasingly popular though, with 5 inch heals the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail party and a fabulous evening dress.
For some real authentic 1950s sparkle these silver glitter heals below would be a real treat for your feet. I think they would look killer with a tea length 50s wedding dress and a silver headband. They come with their original box too. They’re sold by Greenfruit via Etsy for a bargain $37 and marked US size 5.5.
Next up I am loving these white baby doll 50s shoes from Posh Girl Vintage. They have a classic round toe and are marked size 6.5 but would fit a US size 6. $149 and in excellent condition.
For something really unique these vintage 50s ivory wedding shoes from Agnes Sorel Designs of New York are extra special. Available from whitefluffyclouds via Etsy at $75 they’re tagged US size 8.5, though click on the link above for exact measurements as with many vintage shoes they tend to fit smaller.
I’ve been looking for a range of sizes too, as the problem with vintage shoes is that invariably you cannot find a pair in your size! I am a UK size 5 so these off-white Bally shoes from Rokit would be perfect for me! I love the bows. At £35 even more perfect.
If you like your embellishments then you might also like these unique 1950s shoes available from SecondWindVintage via Etsy. These ‘Botanical Garden Pumps’ are US sized 7.5 and a snip at $52.
Hope you agree with me some fab finds there!
As a last tip, if you’re planning on buying vintage shoes make sure you check the size is right for you and see if you can do returns – shoes from the 50s fit very small!
Happy shoe-searching everyone!