Sunday, February 25, 2018

1960’s Inspired Narrow Shoes



I came across this picture of Peggy with her co-workers Stan and Ken from Mad Men and I started thinking about how I’d interpret her 1960’s style into a 1960’s inspired style of today (narrow shoes included of course!):


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courtesy of AMC

I think this top would look great with an a-line skirt and…

modcloth blouseModern Madeline Top

these more traditional pumps.  Or…

Trotters - Doris (Navy Soft Kid) - Footwear

take Modcloth’s suggestion and  add white skinny jeans, black platform peep-toe pumps and a yellow accessory and you’ve got a style that’s a perfect blend of yesterday and today!  Tres Chic!








Cute Pink Vintage Narrow Shoes & Pretty Dresses


Have you discovered ModCloth yet?  Modcloth is an online store that carries a  mix of retro, indie,  vintage-inspired clothing and accessories and actual vintage clothing and shoes (many of which are narrow and slim!)   The vintage “deadstock” shoes have never been worn shoes that probably were tried on but never purchased.



Vintage Reserve Clara Heel                                      Vintage Reserve Greta Heel





Buying deadstock shoes can be lots of fun, but one has to “tread” carefully before purchasing them. Here are some tips for buying vintage shoes:

  1. Make certain you are getting authentic deadstock (also called New Old Stock) merchandise and not reproductions.
  2. Footwear of yester-year was made with combination lasts.  So you will often see two widths listed i.e., AA/AAAA which means that at the ball of the foot the width is a 2A with a 4A heel.
  3. Sizing of NOS shoes is different than it is today — so if you are a women’s size 7 1/2 in today’s sizes, you may find that you are either a 7 or an 8 in NOS shoes.  The shoes of yesterday are also narrower than they are today.
  4.  Measure your feet.  The best way to know your size is to measure your own foot length and take the measurement at the widest part of your foot (just below your big toe to the end of your foot just under your pinky toe.   The best way to do this is to stand on a piece of paper and trace each of your feet.  You’ll want to measure both, because our feet are usually different sizes.  Lastly, you should wear the pantyhose or socks you plan to wear with the shoes  when you measure.  Once you have these measurements you’ll want to look at a shoe size and width chart to find your exact size and width. *  An additional way to measure is to take the same measurements from a pair of shoes that you know fit you well.  You will want to take into account extra space if your shoe comes to a point.
  5. Vintage shoes are great but the downside is that many are not returnable or returnable for credit only and some retailers will not reimburse shipping as one might, if the shoe were a newer shoe of today.  Therefore, do your research and consider your purchase carefully before you make it, so you’re not stuck with an expensive pair of shoes you cannot use.

*To receive a size and width chart from click on  Contact Us  or send  an email to and in the subject line ask for the size chart.

Here are two of our favorite pairs of cute pink vintage narrow shoes and pretty dresses that we’d pair with them:



Flower Glass Dress            Vintage Reserve Clara Heel

This adorable dress would look terrific with these “deadstock” or “new old stock” vintage narrow shoes.

Steffy's Pros and Cons DressVintage Reserve Greta Heel

We think this lovely vintage-inspired dress would look fabulous with these vintage “deadstock” new old stock slingbacks.

Red, Yellow, Black & Green–a Mod Narrow Shoe & Clothing Scene

Using this room layout as a back drop, I created a fashionable “look”  using the same color pallet.   I then added narrow Keds and sandals in the same colors.   Have you found any narrow flats, sandals, sneakers or athletic shoes in these colors that you’d like us to add to this post?  If so, send your suggestions to and we just might add them to the list!

Red, Yellow, Green a Mod Clothing & Shoe Scene
Keds, Full Tilt, Aeropostale, American Eagle
Clothes and narrow shoes for a girl in the city.


Narrow shoes a girl could love with these outfits– Click on each shoe to learn more and buy direct!

Keds - Champion-Canvas CVO (Black Canvas) - Footwear

Keds Champion Canvas CVO  $40 – Click on the shoe to learn more and buy direct!

The signature Champion Keds® style has carried the blue label for 85 years and has been re-engineered with subtle changes to make your feet look and feel great.  Available in 2A (AA) width.

Stuart Weitzman - Bimini - White Leather Woven Flat Thong Sandal

Stuart Weitzman $265 Click on the Sandal to learn more and buy direct!

Braided leather upper, gold-tone hardware, adjustable ankle strap, leather lining and lLeather soles. Approx. 1⁄4″ heel, made in Spain.  Available in Narrow (2A) (AA) width.

Munro American - Hera (Red Patent Croc) - Footwear

Munro American $120- Click on the Sandal to learn more and buy direct!

Great for casual and dress casual for any late spring and summer activity.  Reptile-embossed leather uppers with a padded toe post. Leather lined to naturally wick moisture. Hand stitched leather footbed for durability. Munro tech synthetic outsole is durable and lightweight. Made in the U.S.A. Heel Height: 3⁄4 in. Platform Height: 1⁄4 in.  Available in 2A (AA) width.

Naya - Palomi (Taupy Grey/Sand Dune Leather) - Footwear

Naya $130 Click on the sandal to learn more and buy direct!

Vegetable-tanned leather upper Gladiator Sandal with woven detail for much added visual appeal. Adjustable hook-and-loop closure ensures easy on-and-off wear and a secure fit. Soft vegetable-tanned leather lining wicks away moisture leaving the foot cool and dry. Generously cushioned footbed massages the foot with each and every step. Traction outsole with cork regrind for long-lasting durability on a variety of surfaces. Heel Height: 3⁄4 in. Weight: 9 oz.  Available in 2A (AA) width.

Naya - Samara (Giglio Tan Soft Leather) - Footwear

Naya $90.99 – Click on the sandal to learn more and buy direct!

Leather upper with a simple toe loop and decorative leaf detail for added appeal. Rear zipper entry allows for easy on-and-off wear each and every time. Textile lining and cushioned footbed massages the foot with each and every step.  Bamboo heel with recycled cork outsole offers amazing traction.   Heel Height: 1⁄2 in.    This sandal has two of this season’s fashionable trends — a toe ring and an ankle strap!   Available in 2A (AA) width.

Corals, Pinks, Patterns & Narrow Shoes


Here’s a look at what we created using our newest obsession Shopstyle. Corals, Pinks Patterns and pretty neutral narrow Vince Camuto Peep-toe pumps!

Coral & Pink Patterns
Vince Camuto, Marc Jacobs, Donna Morgan
and pretty narrow shoes!


Kate Spade - Gertie - Nude Patent Platform Slingback Peep Toe Pump

Kate Spade – Peep-toe Slingback $350.00

Vaneli - Brunella (Nude Smack Metallic Patent) - Footwear

Vaneli Peep-toe Wedge $129.00

Trotters - Olivia (Nude) - Footwear

Trotters Peep-toe Pump $99.00

We love these neutral narrow peep-toe shoes too! Which peep-toes do you like best?

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