The 1920s wedding shoe hunt is finally over!
Back in November, I posted about a pair of modern T-strap shoes I'd found that I was considering wearing for the wedding. After I posted, however, the woman I bought my wedding dress from suggested that I look for a pair of vintage T-strap shoes, and sent me a picture. Predictably, I fell in love, and my hunt began.
I quickly discovered that it is darned difficult to find 80-year-old shoes in my size (a size 8, albeit narrow). I looked and looked, and finally found two different vintage possibilities, as well as a modern reproduction as backup. I'm sure many of you will understand when I say that I bought all three.
When I got the first pair, an ivory pair of Marshall Fields shoes dating from the late 20s or 30s, I discovered they had never been worn. The down side of that is that they had also never even been broken in -- so they were stiff and narrow. I couldn't even get my foot into them.
The second pair is absolutely adorable, a Grecian-looking pair of high-heeled, T-strap sandals from the 1930s. Unfortunately, they came in a lovely shade of mint green, which means they can't be dyed the same color as my dress -- they can only be dyed darker.
The third pair is just a Kenneth Cole 20s-inspired shoe in white satin, with rounded toes and thick high heels.
Having lost hope in wearing my first choice, the ivory Marshall Fields shoes, I decided to have the Grecian ones stretched a bit (they're stiff and shrunken from being stored improperly) and dyed. I picked out a color the best I could -- a dark ecru, which might go well since my dress is a light ecru... But then again, it might be too dark, as it is after all a wedding, and the style of my dress means that my feet will be on display. I'll be getting those shoes back on Monday.
In the meantime, I was finally able to pick my dress up from the seamstress's today (and the alterations are perfect!). After seeing the gown again, I began worrying all over again that the color on the Grecian shoes will be too dark. As I was worrying about it, I decided to try on the ivory shoes again.
Over the past few months, I have been trying to cram my feet into the Marshall Fields shoes periodically. Apparently, that's done the trick, because tonight I was finally able to get them on. They were a little snug at first, but I wore them around the house for about an hour, and they quickly started to break in. I am going to continue wearing them off and on over the next few days, and if that doesn't help I'll have them stretched slightly (just a little around the ball of the foot) next week.
Below are a couple of pictures of the ivory Marshall Fields shoes. Sorry I can't show you pictures of the Grecian shoes, but they are still at the cobbler's. I'll post pictures next week after I get them back.
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