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Womens vintage shoes

March 26, 2015

Any lover of shoes will know that the Holy Grail of any shoe collection is some hard to find womens vintage shoes.


They don’t have to be from a well known label, although if they’re made by YSL, Ferragamo, Christian Dior, Valentino, Prada, Moschino or Miu Miu to name but a few desirable designers, they will be particularly sought after.

Womens vintage shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

1930s – 1990s Vintage shoes for Women

Imagine if you discovered a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s Womens vintage shoes?

Miu Miu womens shoes

Miu Miu was only founded in 1993, so it’s really on the edge of vintage territory, but the 90s are very much in vogue right now so a pair of womens vintage shoes from the label could be the ideal inspiration or basis to build an outfit from.


Miuccia Prada created the brand using her family nickname, Miu Miu, to be a more light hearted counterpoint to the serious, streamlined fashions that she offered with her main brand, Prada.


Miu Miu is about a love of dressing up. Ironically it’s based on the idea of raiding a dressing up box full of vintage treasures.


The label didn’t show on the catwalk until 2006 but Prada designed regular collections for her rebellious, sensuous Miu Miu alter ego, and the label was available to buy in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong in beautifully designed, quirky little boutiques.


Miu Miu’s designs have unexpected twists – a play on masculinity and femininity, modernity and history. So you may find plastic Miu Miu womens vintage shoes, ones with kitten heels or bows, or in dressing up box silver or white.

Salvatore Ferragamo evening shoes with pointed toe made of inlaid strips of gold and silver leather, 1960s

Salvatore Ferragamo evening shoes with pointed toe made of inlaid strips of gold and silver leather, 1960s

Yves Saint Laurent

The Yves Saint Laurent, or YSL, label has a much longer history. The designer worked for Dior until he lost his job after being called up to fight for Algerian independence.


He sued, and the money he acquired through this was enough for hi to set up his own business in 1966.


He is well known for the androgynous “Le Smoking” women’s tuxedo jackets which are still the height of desirability.


Yves St Laurent is also associated with fabulous 70s evening gowns which were worn by disco royalty, from Bianca Jagger to Marisa Berenson. They were displayed by the beautiful people at Studio 54, the New York night spot where Andy Warhol and his cast of Superstars reigned supreme.


So the most desirable Yves Saint Laurent womens vintage shoes would be an elegant 70s wedge or strappy stiletto from that time, which you can imagine a gorgeous disco queen stalking around in.


More commonly available YSL womens vintage shoes are 80s YSL court shoes, for a different kind of diva – the 80s shoulder padded power dresser, the working woman.

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes for Judy Garland, 1938

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes for Judy Garland, 1938

The best womens vintage shoes

If you love a particular label, them the best womens vintage shoes are the ones by that designer, and it’s worth seeking them out and starting to build a collection.


Alternatively you might like shoes from a particular era, so look for lovely old 30s T bar Womens vintage shoes, 70s wedges, 80s courts or even Victorian dancing slippers.


You might just like evening shoes in delicate silks with diamante buckles, womens vintage shoes from famous women, or just, whatever takes your fancy!



Silver Miu Miu heels

Chloë Sevigny looked super cute for Miu Miu in 1992

Miu Miu Womens retro shoes

Silver Miu Miu heels

70s YSL sandals

Bianca Jagger and Mick Jagger in Yves Saint Laurent

70s YSL stilettos

vintage lasies shoes-Yves St Laurent wedges

80s YLS court shoes

Brigitte Bardot’s Ferragamo shoes