So I recently found a pair of 1940's pumps on Etsy........Needless to say I bought them.
The price was really good for a pair of shoes not even considering the vintage, and they were in my size. I was slightly worried about them being narrow from the measurements and the fact that vintage shoes are generally narrower than their modern counterparts, but the shoe fit! Now to just get used to the fact that they are pumps with a 3 inch heel...... None of my other shoes have heels this high, and they are all Mary Janes. Needless to say, I won't be running anywhere in these shoes. :)
The condition of the shoe is really good. They are completely sound.to wear, and I don't feel like I am going to ruin them by wearing them. (I just feel like I am going to catapult out of them, because I am far from used to them.)
So how do vintage shoes tie in with vintage glamour? I find it interesting to note that these shoes would not have been permitted in England while under World War II ration codes. British clothing regulations prohibited heels higher than 2 inches. So considering the fact that heel heights were restricted (in Britain anyway) and women generally find high heels fashionable, they had to be more creative to continue to appear as well dressed, style conscious women.
Fortunately, neither the United States or Great Britain considered it necessary to completely ration a woman's beauty staples. While the chemicals used in women's cosmetics were needed for the war effort, make-up was considered a morale booster. Keeping the women happy and pretty helped keep up the spirits of the troops.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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