I found these dove-grey vintage court shoes at a store called Rewardrobe.When most people comment on them, they cannot believe that I am wearing shoes that were worn and belonged to someone else. They are either grossed out or amazed that the shoes still are in such a great condition. One of the main reasons to buy vintage clothes and accessories is the quality of them, and the same applies to shoes.
Here are a few of my tips and questions to ask yourself when considering to purchase vintage shoes:
- Firstly, is the store or vendor you are considering to purchase from reputable?
Ensure that you are familiar with the quality that the store or vendor owner sells. Check that they are not trying to sell-off vintage remakes- these are garments, accessories or shoes that closely resemble original vintage items. If this does not bother you, then great, but most times it will lack the quality of an original vintage item.
- Secondly, if you see a pair of shoes you like, check that they clean and in a well-maintained condition.
Also, these are second hand shoes, so they would have been worn by someone else. However, they should not look worn out and disfigured beyond recognition. I have seen many pairs that have seen better days and should be thrown out and not be for sale.
- Thirdly, ensure that it is made well.
- And, lastly, try them on.
The shoes I bought I paired with distressed jeans last Friday. It was the odd occasion when I could get away with wearing jeans to work (as it is not allowed) and to soften the edginess of the jeans I wore it with a light teal pussy-bow blouse. It was quite a cool day too, so I paired a loose fit jersey over it in the same colour.
Spectacles: Linda Farrow Luxe Collection