Warning, this post may cause an intense craving for a new pair of vintage style shoes (or twelve).
Look up #baitfootwearbabe on Instagram and two things will happen.
1. Your feed will be flooded with gorgeous ladies showing off their candy coloured shoes.
2. Your heart will be filled with longing for a pair of your own.
The wide spectrum of shades available means you can find a pair to match virtually any outfit. One thing to note though is that Bait have notoriously tricky sizing, which can vary from one style to another. The best strategy is to scrutinise the individual product notes on their website and find reviews online for clues about fit. I generally have to size up in Bait shoes as I find them narrow, but how much I have to size up varies shoe to shoe.
One of my personal favourites, Pinup Couture shoes make me feel like a 1950s sex kitten. Their range is all about classic pinup colours and shapes. Think curvy court shoes and flirty peeptoes in baby pink and leopard print. Jayne Mansfield would go crazy for these heels. I always size up in Pinup Couture shoes as I find the fit quite narrow. Whatever the size, these shoes will make you feel like the ultimate fifties bombshell.
These shoes look so authentic and so beautiful they could be from the costume department of a period film. Remix excel at classic styles like Old Hollywood mules and peeptoe slingbacks and they sure know how to give a chunky heel sex appeal.
It’s easy to blow your budget on stunning pinup style footwear and have no money left for clothes (although being naked in killer heels is undoubtedly a strong look). That’s why I was SO excited when I discovered Lulu Hun shoes. They are that winning combination of adorable and affordable. Vintage style with a high street price.
This is the best place I’ve found for authentic looking, high quality 1920s T-bar heels. Their metallic flapper shoes are perfect for your next Prohibition party. You will feel like Daisy in The Great Gatsby as you Charleston the night away. Spectacular.
Miss L-Fire’s vintage style shoes are distinctive for their stunning designs and exquisite attention to detail. They’re mostly 1940s or 1950s inspired and they sure know how to rock a chunky retro heel. I’m obsessed with the clear slingbacks on the left and those darling pink peeptoes and… ok, I’m obsessed with them all.
Banned shoes are the ideal mix of ladylike and sassy. Their kitten heels and Mary Janes ooze retro charm and their designs are unlike any other vintage style shoes on the market. Like several other brands on this post, Banned shoes are known to run narrow so consider sizing up if you have wide feet.
These playful shoes have an almost cartoonish pinup appeal. I can’t resist wearing bows on my toes and I’m a sucker for stylish but sturdy retro heels. I gravitate towards their simpler designs, like the ones I’ve shown here, but they also make some pretty outlandish (and fantastic) footwear for the adventurous among you.
A little bit of flamboyance and a whole lotta glamour. Think rich regal jewel tones and fun details like corsages and spots. I love Ruby Shoes because they have such classically elegant, feminine shapes but there’s always a glamorous twist.
Born Bad Betty
These lovingly made retro-inspired shoes are a dreamy mix of classic and quirky. There’s lots of red, black, leopard print and polka dots to coordinate with or offset your pinup outfits. The cheeky little adornments, like strawberries or mini anchors, add flair and a sense of fun.
Tamaris have two specialities – classic, neutral vintage style shoes you’ll get loads of wear out of and bright, fabulous, fun-filled heels that will make your heart sing.
Melissa Vivienne Westwood
These iconic shoes come in an array of delicious colours. Most of them feature that trademark oversized heart detail. They look incredible worn with a vintage style dress and bright red lippie.
Are there any amazing brands for vintage style shoes I’ve missed? Please share your wisdom below! I always love discovering a new fashion addiction.
And if you’re looking for more ideas about how to build a pinup style wardrobe, read this.