There is something magical about wearing a garment or a pair of shoes that reflect an era.. a 20’s dress, a 70’s pair of platforms, or an 80’s jacket. I especially love wearing vintage when it looks modern, or wearing something from the past, and mixing it with what’s happening today in fashion. What I love most.. having something original. That’s one of the reason’s why I wear vintage.
Vintage inspired footwear has been a big trend over the last few years. Yes, we’ve always looked to the past, but I’m seeing many designs that are copies from the past, and girls are all over it. In 2015, Maryam Nassir Zadeh brought the simple slide, ankle strap, four strap, and the wedge. After a few seasons of success, every company out there knocked her off.
Here we are 2017, and the vintage look is still highly coveted… check out how some designers pull inspiration from designs of the past below.
Grey Matters designed this lovely closed toe slide with an egg shaped heel. It reminds me of the Yves Saint Laurent wooden ball heel. I prefer the closed toe version. However, that YSL wooden heel is divine!
By Far footwear is making a huge presence in the world of instagram. Their beautiful images reflect the lifestyle of a modern girl who loves to mix vintage pieces, with her classic, yet chic vibe. Their vintage inspired footwear is a lot more literal than versions. Their pink sling back is almost identical to the Vaneli vintage sling I saw on Na Nin Vintage, but with a blockier heel. Which do you like?
And, of course Maryam Nassir Zadeh brings in her own take on vintage footwear. I love how she did a choked up version of the slide. I would go for the newer design here. And that chocolate colored suede is so rich!
I bought these MNZ slides in 2015 at her store in New York, and it’s one of my favorite shoes I own. The caramel color is beautiful. It’s such a cool shoe to wear running around. I realized with the surge of all the vintage shops on intagram selling their vintage shoes and apparel on demand, perhaps spending $386 on a new version is not necessary. I’m loving the pink flamingo strap sandals I bought from Na Nin Vintage for $40 ( see pic above.)
What are your thoughts on new brands bringing back vintage footwear? Would you rather buy a new design, or search for a vintage option?