Vintage Shoes Add Flair

This afternoon, I stopped by a local second hand shop on my lunch break to browse a bit, and ended up with a funky pair of red patent t-straps. When I got back to work, a co-worker asked me if I thought that buying second hand shoes was bad for my feet. What he was referring to was the fact that once worn, shoes mold to the feet of the wearer, so wearing somebody else’s old shoes inevitably means that you are wearing shoes that are fitted to the arches and contours of somebody else’s feet, rather than your own.
While this statement is true, it has luckily never stopped me from acquiring a massive collection of vintage shoes. Maybe it’s just that the health of my feet is not my first priority, but with something like vintage shoes, I feel like the prices are so reasonable that you can purchase many pairs of shoes that you won’t be wearing every day. Sure, I would not use a pair of vintage shoes for hiking, or even for a long shopping trip, but when you rock some vintage shoes to a party or a night out on the town, your feet can handle the discomfort for a few hoursand your ego can handle all of the compliments that you get on your unique and unusual footwear! I’m a firm believer in style over comfort, and I can see that someone who prioritizes comfort may not feel the same way as me about vintage shoes. However, that is not to say that all vintage shoes are uncomfortable. I have a few pairs of brand new shoes that have never been worn because they are incredibly uncomfortable. Cheapie mall shoes are often brutal to your poor tender feet. Vintage, on the other hand, can often cost as little as a pair of bargain mall shoes, but can be of much higher quality, and thus more comfortable for everyday wear. For example, I found a line of shoes that were manufactured between the 70s and early 80s in Canada that produces shoes that were specifically designed to be cushioned and comfortable, but also bright, funky, and stylish. Even though this brand is no longer being manufactured today, I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite brands of shoes!
Vintage shoes, although they have their critics, are a cheap and easy way to add some flair to any outfit. Whether you are buying brand name second hand shoes, or just some interesting no-name shoes from a charity shop, you are sure to end up with a pair of shoes that will turn heads without turning your wallet inside out. And if you are really concerned about the comfort level of a pair of vintage shoes, you always have the option of adding insoles for extra support! Easy fix for a simple problem.