Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sheila's Shoe Shine #2

Shoe Shine is on! 
Join us every other Saturday until midnight Monday.

For Shoe Shine #2, I'm going back to the oldest pair of shoes I own, both in the sense of longest-owned and most-aged shoes: my Red Carpet vintage pumps.
I have worn these only once in an outfit (here, 3rd outfit, in July 2011).

I bought them when I was living with L (before we got married), probably around 1996, in a vintage store. I wouldn't have paid more than $30 for them, since I worked retail and was relatively poor.
Inside they say "A Red Carpet Invitation to a way of life" - isn't that awesome? They are hand-sculpted, too - a more finely made paid of shoes do not live in my closet.

I remember that I showed these to my old boss Evelyn who remembered Red Carpets being "the thing" in the late 1950s.
The sole wraps up the sides and heel as above. The heel itself is graded AAAAA (that's 5 As) for narrowness, I guess, and they are a very snug size 10 (rare).

I keep these because they are beautiful and works of art - and they are a little bit of history. I don't wear them often (as evidenced by the poorly wiped off dust, ha!), but they are a treasure to me.

So, please join me! Show us your shoes!

Shine on, you crazy diamonds! Glitzy, colourful, funky and gorgeous shoes of all kinds are welcome.

Want to play? It's super-easy. Anyone can join.
  1. Anyone can join. Write a post featuring a fabulous pair of footwear!
  2. Include a link to Ephemera somewhere in your post (it's only polite). Leave a comment here if you like (note that comments continue to be moderated.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinks "Add Your Link" button to open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step," you crop the picture you want to display, and voila!
  5. Show your Shoe Shine spirit by grabbing and displaying the button in the sidebar!


  1. Wow, lots of feet-delights here already, Sheila! I'm on my way to airport, and perchance I can find some fab shoes in the Big City. xoxo

  2. I love hearing the history of your shoes, Sheila! I'm sure I don't know mine nearly so well. You are an archivist. Meanwhile, I saw my shoes there and for a moment I'm like 'oh I'm already done it.' But no, it's a good idea to add to the existing party to get it up and going. So there I am with another slashed pair. Thanks for hosting this baby.

  3. Your shoes are wonderful - and really a piece of history! I don't own any vintage shoes, but I adore shoes and only buy comfortable ones as I have wide feet and most of shoes are not made for wide feet. It's always a task to find shoes which I love AND which are comfortable to walk for me. I am showing one of such shoes here. Thank you for the link-up! xxxx

  4. Those are gorgeous! They ARE works of art - you should keep them on a shelf where you can gaze at them. What a joy!

  5. Here I am in my Diesel red sneakers to be a foil for your glamorous red carpet shoes :-) But mine are comfortable! How amazing are your shoes with the wrapped sole. I didnt know heels came with gradings...learnt something new!

  6. Those shoes are just wonderful Sheila, as you say a work of art and a bit of history in one. Thanks for hosting the link up.

  7. What amazing shoes, they really are beautiful. xxx

  8. Beautiful vintage pumps Sheila. Thank you for hosting Shoe Shine Your event inspires me to focus on my shoes!

  9. I made it! Linking up Ty's gorgeous pump to the line-up. I took a photo somewhere on my iphone- will try to link my own feetsies asap.


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