I seriously thought about subtitling this post something like “Here are the shoes you’re going to see on the blog for the next year.” since I’ve never been a shoe person in my entire life. While I’m more than slightly obsessed with dresses and lingerie, shoes are the clearly neglected part of my wardrobe. Even worse, I’m incredibly picky about shoes. Due to back and knee issues that stem from years of ballet, I mostly wear low kitten heels or flats. Since I own mostly vintage style dresses, I like my shoes to compliment my look rather than distract from them. I also hate shoe shopping. However, this week I finally couldn’t put it off any longer. I’d killed the soles in my ugly but beloved Cole Haan G-Series flats that I found at a thrift store and was pretty much out of options. Full of dread, I headed over to the local DSW to see if there were any easy options. To my surprise, I discovered a DSW house brand that makes high quality vintage reproduction shoes with an amazing eye for detail. On top of it all, they met all of my standards for comfort. I bought heels for the first time in years and am really looking forward to wearing them.
My goal was to buy several practical pairs of every day shoes, but as you can see, I got a little carried away! I was thrilled to find this throughly authentic looking pair of oxfords stashed among the other flat shoes. They’re perfect for when you want to wear sneakers but also want to wear a pretty dress or skirt. I bought them in this basic brown in the hopes that they will go with everything.
These are functionally the high heeled version of the first pair, which I also bought in brown. They are amazingly comfortable and don’t pinch my toes at all. The heel is nice and supportive, so I’m expecting to get lots of wear out of them. Again, great attention to the vintage details on these shoes.
I bought these in black instead of brown, but I’m tempted by the dark purple version on the website as well. I’m glad I didn’t see them in the store, since I might have had an even harder time focusing on the basics with the gorgeous color to distract me. The zips up the back of these are adorable and the heel is the perfect height. I’m going to wear them with everything.
So that whole thing about just the basics? Yeah, not so much. I’m not actually quite sure what I’m going to wear these with (I’m telling myself I can wear them with more than just green), but I absolutely love them and couldn’t leave the store without them. I’m thinking about pairing them with my Fontaine Coat Dress for the one holiday party I have to go to, even though the greens won’t match. Someone with more fashion sense tell me if this will work?
I did some internet digging on Crown Vintage, which may be a private label brand made by Jeffrey Campbell specifically for DSW. Whatever the particulars, I’ll be back for more in other colors. I’m already wanting some of my shoes in the purple color they’re currently offering on the website! All of these were around $50 and some pairs were as low as $30 since they were on clearance. If you’re looking for some comfortable and authentic looking vintage reproduction shoes, don’t discount your local DSW or their website.