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!):
I think this top would look great with an a-line skirt and…
these more traditional pumps. Or…
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!
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.
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:
- Make certain you are getting authentic deadstock (also called New Old Stock) merchandise and not reproductions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Here are two of our favorite pairs of cute pink vintage narrow shoes and pretty dresses that we’d pair with them:
This adorable dress would look terrific with these “deadstock” or “new old stock” vintage narrow shoes.
We think this lovely vintage-inspired dress would look fabulous with these vintage “deadstock” new old stock slingbacks.
This time of year is an absolute favorite for many of us. Let’s celebrate the warmer weather and all of the beautiful buds and blossoms with bright, bold and colorful narrow pumps and pretty Spring Floral Dresses! Cole Haan has outdone themselves this year with colors reminiscent of a day at the beach: Rock Candy, Cove — we’re thinking of Carmel, Beaujolais (maybe a nice glass at sunset?) and Nougat — oh so sweet. They’re truly scrumptious! Ferragamo’s elegant Dalia comes in such beautiful shades of pink, sunny yellow, pale blue and beige — we’re not only thinking of sunny days but of beautiful sunsets, too! So, pick a pair of lovely pumps in your narrow size and a lovely floral dress to wear all Spring and Summer long for a special day or evening.
What will it be? Mother’s Day? A garden party? Maybe a Cocktail reception? Decisions, decisons!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we just might add them to the list!
Narrow shoes a girl could love with these outfits– Click on each 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We love these neutral narrow peep-toe shoes too! Which peep-toes do you like best?
Oscars 2012 Inspired Narrow Shoes & Dresses
It’s always interesting to see how the current style trends will appear on the red carpet during award season. The dresses the celebs wore were in shades of Sorbet (Pastels), White, bright colors including shades of Red, Coral, and Green and lots of embellishments including delicate beading and crystals. Here’s how we’ve interpreted the celebrities red carpet looks into ready-to-wear looks you might want to own, from the narrow shoes on up, of course!
Red Carpet Look – Berenice Bejo’s Mint Dress and Narrow Metallic Shoes
Remember that television show “The Look for Less,” which recreated a high end look that a celebrity wore for a low end price? Well, we thought we’d do our own variation on the theme by creating “The Look in Narrow” shoes! This year, we’re changing thing up and now our Look in Narrow” is all about celebrity style with a narrow shoe twist! Now you can get “The Look in Narrow” with a celebrity inspired ensemble to go along with it!
The Look in Narrow Shoes – Eva Longoria’s Blue Pumps
Back in May, Eva Longoria was photographed while shopping in Cannes, wearing a gray Herve Leger by Max Azria dress, navy blue Yves St. Laurent Palais Platform Pumps and an Hermes Birkin Bag.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 13: Eva Longoria Parker during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival France. (Photo by Francois Images)
We love, love, love, the silhouette, the rich color of this suede pump and that it just so happens to run narrow! Great news for the fashionistas among us who love Yves St. Laurent and may just fit in these amazing shoes! While the Palais’ steep price at $720.00, it’s steep 5″ heels and 1/4″ platform or the fact that
available in narrow and offer lower heels, lower platforms and lower price tags!
The Look in Narrow: Mila Kunis – Remember that television show “The Look for Less,” which recreated a high-end look at a low-end price? We thought we’d create our own variation on that theme in our newest blog category: Celebrity Style the Narrow Shoe Way-The Look in Narrow. With the help of our new sister blog, , this new “look in narrow” is all about finding celebrity style inspiration from the narrow shoes on up. Now, not only can we show you our picks for narrow width shoe alternatives to the shoes the celebs wear (which, of course typically aren’t narrow), we can inspire you with a lower-end alternative to their stylish outfits, as well.
The Look in Narrow – Mila Kunis
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Actress Mila Kunis arrives for the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great And Powerful.”
Mila Kunis looked elegant on the yellow brick road as she posed for photographers before the Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great And Powerful” premiere. She wore an ecru Dolce and Gabbana flared skirt dress along with a beautiful pair of silver Christian Louboutin satin peep-toes with bow accent. An updo complemented beautiful purple Sutra statement drop earrings.
Our celebrity style the narrow shoe way look includes an off the rack Dolce and Gabbana Convertable Floral Print Dress with a similar siloutte and a high price ($8,775–we haven’t found a lower priced dress yet that compares, but when we do we’ll update this post!), which we would pair with shoes from Stuart Weitzman’s evening collection.
The Marimbow, pictured below (click on the shoe to get more information) is available in narrow at Zappos.com. It’s also available in narrow at Footnotesonline.com and Jildorshoes.com. You can click on these links to get more information and buy directly from them, as well.
Though the Marimbow has a differently shaped bow, we think it adds just the right touch to the outfit. By clicking on the image of the Marimbo to the left, you can get information about these shoes or chose a plain peep-toe like the ones the model wears. Similarly, if you’re looking for a special dress, you can get information about this Dolce and Gabbana Convertable Floral Print Dress by clicking on the blue link and search for more lovely dresses at neimanmarcus.com, as well.
The Look in Narrow: Camilla Belle
While the U.S. Open men’s final was suspended on Monday due to gloomy weather, Camilla Belle’s white floral dress, accessories and shoes were anything but! Her crisp and summery looking white floral dress, paired with the rich brown tones in her belt and bag and cute red ballet flats blended fabulously for a delightful early autumn day. How would we re-create her style the narrow shoe way? By adding adorable red ballet flats in our narrow width, of course!