Transitioning from colder months to spring and summer attire always inspires freedom. Layers drop away, comfort sets in and there is an inherent vintage quality that shines in the carefree spirit of the warm-weather wardrobe. Because clothing generally stays minimal, this is an opportune moment to make a statement with your shoes. Vintage footwear is ideal for summer: peep toes, espadrilles, slingbacks, color — they’re everywhere, and perfect for making a sartorial statement with a bit of referential edge. Classic, mod, witty or sleek, here are some of-the-moment summer shoes featuring standout vintage inspiration.
1. Paul & Joe Patent Leather Raffia Wedges, $263.25
These adorable, sunshine-yellow espadrilles speak to the very best of the 50s with oversized bows and a cheeky design sure to add charm to any summer ensemble. If you’re looking to impart a vintage sensibility to your modern wardrobe, these playful wedges are a summer must.
2. Kate Spade Lindsay, $275
As noted, the espadrille is your greatest asset for infusing vintage into summer footwear. Each season it’s the must-have shoe — and with good reason. Kate Spade is an ideal go-to for classic wares with a timeless edge, and the Lindsay espadrille is no exception. Its rainbow palette makes it the perfect option for any summer ensemble.
These darling rafia sandals with their criss-crossed open toe and sleek patent ankle-strap are the epitome of 60s summer style. The true green hue gives a playful pop to any outfit, and their chic pattern makes them a stunning standout for both day and evening.
4. J.Crew Sardinia Wedge Espadrilles, $118
It’s not a vintage summer without a sailor-striped throw-back, and J.Crew’s classic navy and white espadrilles are Parisian marinire at its very finest. Chic for now, timeless forever — if you add one vintage-inspired pair of shoes to your wardrobe this summer, these should be it.
I find it impossible to do a post about vintage anything without hearkening to Yves Saint Laurent. Despite this being a feature nearly on espadrilles, I thought it important that we include a slingback of a more refined nature. Nothing speaks to vintage evening seduction more than YSL, and these high heels in black suede with a brass toe — straight from the FW/12 runway — are undoubtedly the It Shoe of the season. Vintage glam at its finest, nothing provokes polished sex appeal like a pair of slinky suede slingbacks — especially when inspired by the master of vintage couture himself.
— Amanda Aldinger
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