May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
The original Brazilian-cum-Hollywood bombshell Carmen Miranda & her platform collection; Retail flooring ad 1940s If the idea of vintage reproduction shoes brings to mind heinous rockabilly heels in faux patent leather or leopard-print mary jane styles, you are not alone. Similar to the rise of vintage reproduction clothing of questionable quality, reproduction shoes often leave us wanting more in terms of authenticity, materials, and style– until now, that is. Recent years have seen the launch of several collections focused on authentic reproductions that reprise yesterday’s favorites for today’s feet. The most established [and beloved] of these is Re-Mix, a Los Angeles-based shoe store that reissues a range of patented women’s and men’s styles from the 1920s through the 1940s at relatively reasonable prices each season. While their brick-and-mortar store on Beverly Boulevard also carries unworn vintage shoes , the repro line is where to look for new pairs in modern sizes.
UK-based Rocket Originals carries a modest selection of delectable shoes for men and women, as well as repro knitwear and handbags.
And for the deep-pocketed vintage shoe aficionado, there’s also the Ferragamo Creations collection, a limited-edition series of re-issued classics each season that pays tribute to the godfather of modern shoe design. Available at select retailers around the world, ranging from Maria Luisa’s shop-in-shop at Printemps Paris to Ferragamo flagship stores, the collection is worth ogling in person, regardless of purchasing power.
“Uptown,” “Avenue,” and “Coco” styles by Re-Mix Vintage Footwear
Various 1940s-era footwear advertising
“Cambridge” spectator wedges by Re-Mix; Ferragamo Creations “Wedge,” originally made for Peggy Guggenheim in 1937
Peggy Guggenheim circa late 30s-early 40s; 1940s footwear advertising
“Kate” platform pump; “L’Amour” Wedge sandal, both by Re-Mix Vintage Footwear
1940s footwear advertising; late 40s-early 50s footwear advertising
1940s Shoe store shot; Salvatore Ferragamo ad in “Novus” magazine, circa late 30s
Ferragamo Creations Reissues “Futurista” circa 1930-32; “Twist” circa 1949, Ferragamo’s tribute to NYC’s Guggenheim museum
Probably the most iconic shoe of all time, Ferragamo’s coup de grâce “Rainbow” platform created for Judy Garland in 1938, now available via the Ferragamo Creations collection for a whopping $2k+.
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