Petite Vintage Shoes – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore

One of the best things about coming from a family of petite women is I get all the lovely hand-me-downs my mom used to wear when she was my age. These vintage shoes were bought by my mom back in the 80’s, and they were vintage back then…so I can only imagine how old they are now.

These got pulled out of the depths of my mom’s storage closet a few weeks ago, and I practically fainted when I saw how amazingly cute they were. They needed to be re-heeled, and the sole re-glued, but they fit me perfectly, and I happily drove home with a new pair of shoes.

It looks like the strap may have gotten burned somehow on the right shoe, which I may try and get fixed later, but for now, they’re my new favorite warm weather shoe.

I only hope all the expensive designer shoes I’ve been buying will last as long as this vintage pair, but I fear not. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

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14 Comments

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    Banhannas

    I often will shop in my mom's closet and I do enjoy finding great valuable finds. Wow, I can't believe those shoes are in such of a great shape! They don't look like they have aged much but I guess that's the price you pay for excellent quality. =0D

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    curls-and-pearls

    You're so lucky! My mom and I have average sized feet so I could fit into all her old shoes and clothes too but sadly when she left her home country she had to leave everything behind :(

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    kileen at cute and little

    Such cute shoes! My mom has super cute shoes too (most of which are making a fashion comeback now!), but unfortunately her feet are 2 sizes bigger than me. :( Count yourself lucky!

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    simplyvonne

    they are really in good shape! and still look so lovely!

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    megan

    the only pair of shoes my mom kept around were her wedding shoes, which are in terrible condition due to the fact that she wore them all the time and bad storage conditions. They are absolutely gorgeous size 6 strapy heels that magically fit me perfectly. She says despite the 3 inch platform heel she wore them all night with no problems. If they were fixable, i'd spend the money to get them repaired

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  • Reply September 21, 2010

    jlovesBal

    Agree, its more about quantity over quality in this day.

    I think a lot of things now that are made are lesser quality.

    Congrats on your "new" shoes! :)

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    Callandra

    Cute, they remind me of the FRYE brand.

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    Curls-and-Pearls – Wow. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to leave so many things behind. I would be heart broken.

    Megan – Aww…so sad your mom's wedding shoes are beyond repair. These are my mom's wedding shoes too!

    Callandra – They do kinda look like FRYE, don't they?

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    HM63

    See, this is why you should take good care of your things. Styles come back around. Those shoes look very current.
    I have a pair of black knee high boots that I bought in the early 80's and they're still perfect. They were out for a while when chunkier heels went out of vogue in favour of pointy heels but now they look current again. I had loads of ballerina flats in the 80's then they went out of style and disappeared. Now, they're everywhere again. Fashion is very cyclical.

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    PetiteLittleGirl

    Too bad I can't wear my Mom's clothes. She is also petite but she wears 8P :) Those shoes are gorgeous. Maybe you should visit your Mom's storage more often..heheh..LOL

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    Canadianpetite

    Soooo gorgeous! It helps that your mom had classic taste in shoes. My inherited ones don't look as enviable as yours.

    One of the shoes my mom gave me is being reheeled. The cobbler (what is the modern term anyway?) said the part that inserts into the heel (and holds the pad that touches the floor) is not available anymore so he has to get his supplier to hunt one down. Kind of like hunting down a part for a vintage car…So embarrassing. It couldn't be older than 10 yrs.

  • Reply September 21, 2010

    Cee

    What a great find! I always wonder about stories behind vintage pieces… what have they been through, what the owner is like, etc. I guess I'm just naturally sentimental hehe.

  • Reply September 22, 2010

    Em

    seriously. they don't make anything the way they used to. you're so lucky that you can wear your mom's shoes! my mother also tries to pass shoes to me but she's a half size bigger. so almost but not quite. sigh.

  • Reply October 2, 2010

    Iris

    Those are such pretty shoes!

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