Posts Tagged ‘Vintage


eBay Quick Fix: Bettie’s Bombshell Vintage

180px-Bettie_PageThe thing I love most about eBay is checking out the sellers. I form these passionate one-sided relationships with them based on their usernames, the collection of items they have for sale or how well-edited I find their stores. So today I’d like to introduce you to one of the sellers I’m all about, bombshellxbettie. She does her muse, Bettie Page, justice, and for this, I love her.

Considering Page’s perfect bangs, black hair, curves and the fact that she sewed all of those iconic pin up outfits herself, this is a huge undertaking. But Bettie’s Bombshell Vintage pulls it off, so to speak. Take today’s three for-sale items.

These 70’s leather sandals with wooden, stacked wedge heels, are exactly what I’ve been dreaming of. The double front straps combined with the slim ankle strap and woven design keep this pair substantive and airy all at once. They’re low, so walkable, but shaped sleekly enough to elongate the leg. Sigh. I’m infatuated if you can’t tell, but they aren’t my size. So to all you lucky size 6Ms, the sale ends at 10 EST.Sandals

She’s also got some of the hottest color-block flats I’ve seen this season. And yes, I’m pro 80s, pro color-blocks, and pro whoever gets these. The sale ends around the same time.block

And just to round off all the cute shoe action, she’s offering a flirty paisley shift in emerald green, lavender and white: a bright and classy addition to any summer shoe collection. Pair it with red lipstick and do your favorite pin up icon proud.dress


A Slice of Weitzman

In case you missed it, Shoetube’s video team caught up with the man behind the shoe, the Stuart Weitzman shoe, in an exclusive interview last week. To be perfectly clear, I’m biased. I love a good Weitzman. My favorite pair of loafers (vintage, bone, perforated suede with wooden heels and tassels on the vamp) are Weitzmans. I picked them up in the enchanting vintage shop next door to my hairdresser. This French-owned boutique has a huge gilt-framed mirror so I naturally rush right in to check myself out as soon as I’m done getting a trim.

The top-notch construction of my loafers is easily apparent and the style is, I’ll say it, timeless. For those of you considering investing in a new pair of the man’s shoes, you have my full confidence in the matter. They’re worth the money. And for those of us lacking in funds but bursting with enthusiasm, to eBay!

Mr. Weitzman did say, in reference to women at large, “I see you on the street. I see you at parties, and inspiration comes to me.” At least we can show him some inspiration of his own design. My top picks, at truly bargain prices:

Classy, classy, classy nude snakeskin slingbacks with a peep toe and primly folded bow ($2.99 with free shipping at post time!),A1

richly woven sandals in dark brown leather ($14.50 at post time),A2

sophisticated jelly sandals–is it possible? Yes (for only $10 to start)!A3Tan leather woven into a classic, airy pump with a wooden heel ($10 at post time),A4

black patent alligator loafers with a lush tassel ($10 at post-time),A5

and for only a $1 starting bid, black satin slingbacks with an orange, purple and red print shaped into bow so fluffy and delicate that this pair should be worn by someone willing to stroll down a Paris street while savoring a croissant. Bon appetit. 1243392244_1


From the Streets to my Feet

At the risk of sounding like Sophia Petrillo: Picture it–Baltimore 2008, a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I was taking a stroll through the streets when I stumbled upon a pair once beautiful black knee high boots covered in fifth with nothing but flies swarming the once supple leather (or pleather. . .we are in Baltimore.)

It was a tragic day for these discarded pair of shoes—a sad day indeed. As I swept past them wearing my favorite pair of Delmans I couldn’t imagine, what kind of owner would do this to her own kin. I thought about my own shoes, tucked away neatly in their original boxes. I thought about how they made me smile and supported me through the best and worst days of my life. My shoes and I have a mutual respect for one another.

But so many shoes are not so lucky. Go to any thrift store or discount mall and you will see the ruins of many good intentions. I know one store at East Point Mall in Dundalk, Maryland that is literally where shoes go to die. It is a blood bath or yuck, and I personally want no parts of it. However, I find myself in these stores more times than I care to mention. I am looking for that one gem, that lost sole (punning is my life) that is looking for a good home.

I was lucky enough to find said gem not too long ago. I am now the proud owner of a stunning pair of vintage cowboy boots in a dark maroon, and just in time for pre-fall. They pinch a little and have a worn out heel, but the blisters are worth it. Besides these shoes have street cred. This picture is the best I could find, but as you know these boots are one of a kind. Perhaps “slumming” it has its ups.

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June 2020