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Vintage Sandals

Wearing the perfect pair of stunning sandals can make you feel like a goddess.  Whether you are an Artemis, Athena or Aphrodite, sandals come in every form imaginable and designers have taken the most minimal of footwear to create mini masterpieces for your feet.  

Though sandals have come in and out of use of the centuries (or even millennia) in the 20th century, it was the 1920’s that brought sandals back into fashion for men and women.  These vintage style sandals are now very rarely found in their original forms but remain copied and repeated to today.  In the 1930’s during a period of financial uncertainty in his company, Salvatore Ferragamo found inspiration in the cheap materials he had to hand such as raffia, cork and cellophane.  He took out a patent for a cork-soled shoe of plaited straw in 1936 and in the 1940’s went on to create one of his most iconic and innovate creations: the ‘invisible sandal’ which used a cut away cork wedge base with a strappy upper formed of a continuous strand of nylon threaded back and forth through the sole.  These vintage platform sandals proved hugely popular and won the Neiman Marcus Award.  In the 1950’s with business going strong in Florence, Ferragamo patented the ‘cage’ heel used as part of his ‘Calypso’ sling-back sandals of 1955.  It was during this decade that the goddess sandal truly came into creation with a pair of 18 K gold sandals made in collaboration with the jewellers of Ponte Vecchio using gold chain straps and gold plated sole and heel. 

Ferragamo certainly proved the versatility of sandals and the subsequent decades proved that a pair of sandals could be the height of glamour but also the most basic for of footwear.  During the 1960’s sandals well and truly hit the ground with simple leather strap ‘Jesus’ sandals and the classic Birkenstock.  Flat sandals had been popular in Europe from the 1930’s as an easy form of footwear for sun and beach in the new active and athletic age.  Now, three decades later they were adopted to express the free spirited anti-fashion movement.  This continued into the 1970’s but contrasted sharply with the rise of the high heel sandal as the perfect footwear for disco.  Metallic sandals paired with a perfect flowing Halston dress has been a look much repeated and still as loved then as now.  Whether you are aiming for the giddy heights of a stiletto heel, a summer wedge or a perfect pair of summer flat sandals, Open for Vintage’s collection of vintage sandals is sure to tempt. 

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Sergio Rossi Embossed Leather Wedge Platform Blue Vintage High Heels

Sergio Rossi Light Blue & Beige Embossed Leather Wedge Shoes Platform

Giuseppe Zanotti Design Cage Strappy Lilac Purple Vintage Suede Pumps Heels

Vintage Giuseppe Zanotti Design cage-style strappy pumps heels in lilac purple suede.

Miu Miu Crystal Look Detail Metallic Purple Vintage Leather Pumps Heels

Vintage Miu Miu leather sandal-style pumps heels in purple with a crystal-look embellishment on the heel.

Dolce & Gabbana Brown Snakeskin Heeled Jeweled Sandals

D&G high heel sandals in brown snakeskin leather with jewelled straps

Dolce & Gabbana Snakeskin Thong Sandal Beige Vintage Mid Heels

Dolce & Gabbana Beige Snakeskin Heeled Sandals Thong Pumps Shoes

Versace Metallic Snakeskin high Heel Sandals

Versace high heel sandals in metallic gold snakeskin leather

Celine Gold Edged White Leather High Heel Sandals

Céline white white leather strap buckled high heels sandals with gold tone heel

Brunello Cucinelli Micro Beaded Brown Leather Sandals

Brunello Cucinelli flat sandals with an ankle strap, covered heel and a toe strap covered with rows of micro metallic beads

Miu Miu Leather brown & gold sandal

Miu Miu Leather brown & gold sandal

Gianvito Rossi Slave style brown sandals

Gianvito Rossi Slave style brown sandals

Escada 1980s rhinestone embellished silver leather vintage sandals

Dainty rhinestone adorned silver-tone slingback sandals by Escada from the 1980s.

Cesare Paciotti Studded Black Vintage Sandals

Cesare Paciotti buckle sandals encrusted with black studs

Gucci GG Logo High Heel Brown Vintage Sandals

Gucci high heel mule sandals in GG monogram with a gold tone bow across the toe

Gucci Ankle Wrap Strap Platform Grey Vintage Leather Heels Shoes

Vintage Gucci heels in grey leather with a wrap style ankle strap.

Vintage Louis Vuitton Patent Leather Yellow Heeled Sandals

Vintage Louis Vuitton heeled sandals in yellow patent leather.

Louis Vuitton Snakeskin & Leather Wedge Platform Beige Vintage High Heels

Louis Vuitton Beige Snakeskin & Leather Wedge Shoes Cork Platform

Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs wedge heel Black vintage shoes

Louis Vuitton sandals in patent black leather from the Marc Jacobs collection

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s leather silver vintage sandals

Stylish Yves Saint Laurent metallic leather and PVC vintage shoes

Charles Jourdan 1980s monochrome vintage Sandals

White Leather Charles Jourdan Sandals

Vintage 1940's Satin ruffle black high heeled shoes

A wonderfully elegant & dainty pair of vintage satin dress shoes

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