Monday, 20 October 2014
For the Love of Shoes
I had a rare double-take moment when I saw these 1960s shoes in a bric-a-brac shop a fortnight ago. This pair isn't typical of the usual vintage footwear that I normally come across; hence the double-take! It was the eighteenth-century-style paste decoration on the shoes' vamps that first drew my attention, and then I noticed the name: Charles Jourdan.
I quickly nabbed them off the shelf and tried them on; they fitted perfectly, even gaining a compliment from a fellow shopper. So I now know that my size 5/6 feet will fit a vintage 7B! What also makes them special is that they came with the original shoe box and that this shoe was called: "Baroque Noailles' and cost £14'3'6d in old money.
I have to admit too, that I brought them very cheaply considering their quality.
So, guess what I did at the weekend? I went back to the shop on the off-chance and brought yet another pair of 1960s Charles Jordans:
I reckon these must have come from the same owner as the black pair, who obviously had an impeccable taste in shoes. Actually - if these are typical of her footwear, imagine what her clothes must have been like?!
These lace-up ghillie-style shoe are also 7Bs and came with their box too. I love the logo of the bewigged footman kneeling down and holding up a cushion with a shoe on it - very Cinderella!
When I went to pay for these silver beauties the woman at the till remembered me from last time and I got them for a bargain price too!
I shall be wearing both pairs (not at once!) when I get a chance and after the heels have been replaced - they deserve to be shown off and not hidden away!