Complete and Utter Art Deco Shoe Fatigue

I honestly don’t know how I got there – or what this site is. All I know is that I have never, ever experienced shoe fatigue before. But I sure did today!

Shoe picture fatigue that is.

I ended up on THIS SITE which seems to be some kind of French Museum site (je ne parle pas Français). And BOY oh BOY do they have photos of gorgeous deco women’s shoes. Seemingly all Hellstern and Sons. And some guy named Sarkis Der Balian.

If you’ve spent any time staring at vintage shoes online you’ve no doubt run into this beauty before (which is one of the only photos I’ve seen before that came from this site):

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But did you know that that’s only half the story? Check out the heel! Yow!

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And that’s not all. They even have a black tone-on-tone version of the same model! Yum.

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And the rest of the shoes that gave me unadulterated shoe fatigue? I just clicked and clicked and clicked until my paws were numb!

Here’s a small sampling:
[BTW: it makes me so sad that some of these images are all over the web with absolutely no links back to the original site! Please, please, please – if you use these – or any – photos on your blog: link to the original source! And it would be really, really nice if you’d link to this blog occasionally as well – we spend hundreds and hundreds of hours working hard on it. You might notice that we watermark all of the images on this site. It’s because so many of our images – both photos we found on the web as well as photos we took of footwear we actually own – were lifted by people who gave no credit to the original source and we wanted to stop that. We will always link directly to where we found a photo!]

 

Yow! Happy clicking!!!

 

1955 Montgomery Wards Colorful Men’s Dress Shoes

1955-montgomery-wards-catalog-page-showing-mens-shoe-styles4Aha!!!

IT’S CALLED A U-WING!

I finally ran into the name of the strange cross between a captoe and a wingtip. Looks like a wingtip – but goes straight across the toe like a captoe!

1955-montgomery-wards-catalog-page-showing-mens-shoe-styles3Found in a 1955 Wards catalog.


 

1955-montgomery-wards-catalog-page-showing-mens-shoe-stylesI just love how totally full of footwear terms these old catalogs are:

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