I came across these shoes on Zappos.com and instantly fell in love:
These are the Zsa peep toe mary janes from Donald J Pliner. Don’t they remind you of 50 shoes? They have the high stiletto heel that was a main fixture on women’s feet in the 50s, plus they have the piping trim in a contrasting color which were common on women’s shoes in that era.
Here’s a collection of pictures I found on the internet of 5 genuine vintage 50s shoes featuring the contrast trim, to show just how common it was back then:
Black on mustard on these Andrew Geller for Joseph La Rose pointy toe pumps
Navy accented with gold on these vintage 5os John Marino New York mules
The clear foot strap is set off by the beige tone of the rest of these Nicholas Ungar slingbacks
Black and white mesh pumps from the “I Love Lucy” era
Another pair of authentic vintage 50s pumps, this time in black and brown
I like the clean line that the contrast trim makes and I think they somehow make the feet look narrower and slimmer. I’ll most definitely be on the lookout for more shoes with contrast trim next time I go shoe hunting. I’ll share what I’ll be able to find in a next post here on Retro Vintage Shoes!