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21-05-2007
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Wish I had access to my Aunt's old closet. She wore spikes everyday to the office in the 60's, all designer stuff.

I could probably make a killing on eBay !!

But that's all been gone for a long time. Not sure what she did with them all.

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22-05-2007
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Sad news - had to let the beauties from #21 go - they were too narrow. How can it be that all vintage shoes are so narrow? I don't think people had so narrow feet at that time. My grandmother was born in 1901 (she was very old when she got my mom) and she had absolutely normal feet!

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23-05-2007
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I love finding vintage shoes at a good price. I love it better when they are in great condition. Usually I have a hard time finding them for myself because I wear a size 9 shoe, so I have started finding ones that I like anyway to sell on a later day. I have a pair like the very first picture of this thread, but instead of black, green. Gosh are they gorgeous.

Zarina, you wear your vintage shoes right (or just for looks)? I know a lot of people who will wear vintage clothes, but not the shoes because they are grossed out or something like that.

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Yes, I wear my vintage shoes. They are often quite comfortable because the arch is more curved and therefore gives better support.

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24-05-2007
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check out this site for wonderful (and very unusual) vintage stuff.

http://www.vintageskins.com/discountsale.htm

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24-05-2007
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I think larger sizes are more difficult to find because of pure physics. More weight on a shoe that is of the same construction as smaller sizes will cause the shoe to wear out more quickly. And I wear a 40 so it's hard to find vintage shoes that fit me.

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24-05-2007
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^^ That makes no sense.

There aren't as many large vintage shoes available now because there weren't as many made then. Women's feet were smaller then for some reason, just as there weren't as many tall women then as there are now.

Genetics or evolution, take your pic, but women's sizes have changed quite a bit in 50 years.

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That makes no sense either. You cant generalize and say there were no tall women. There had to be larger shoes, maybe all of those women kept theirs. Thrifting is not like department store shopping, you will find the average sizes (6,7) more often than really small or really big shoes.

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Quote:
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check out this site for wonderful (and very unusual) vintage stuff.

http://www.vintageskins.com/discountsale.htm
Wow, there are some incredible items listed under Our Current Collection -> Antique and Vintage Alligator & Crocodile Skin Handbags and Purses, not to mention the other categories I haven't perused as thoroughly. A whole new level of vintage bag lust!

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In general people have been a bit smaller than today, but what I find strange is the proportions of the footwear. It is no problem to find a size 6, which fits in the length, but they are always extremely narrow. That surprises me, because I never read anywhere that people's feet had other proportions and my grandmother and great grandmother had normal feet.

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28-05-2007
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Zarina, your shoe collection is amazing. where do you find most of them?

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Thank you! Some of them are from ebay and others from vintage stores.

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I ave had no luck finding vintage shoes on ebay. Any other suggestions for online shopping?

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15-06-2007
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You can try http://www.rubylane.com/ - type "shoes" in the search box.
There are also other possibilities like:
http://www.1860-1960.com/
http://www.tias.com/stores/avintage/
http://www.vintagedesignerclothing.com/index.html
http://www.victorianelegance.com/

However in my opinion these stores are expensive and have less choice than ebay. Are you sure you search the right way? Vintage shoes are a category on their own, you shoudn't just type "vintage shoes" in the search box.
Look here: http://clothing.listings.ebay.com/Vi...istingItemList
At the moment there are 1966 pairs of vintage shoes on auction. On the left side you can choose what era you want.
Hope you will find good results!

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Maybe that's why! I was searching by typing vintage shoes in the search box. Thanks!

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