How do you know if your shoes will stay in or go out of fashion quickly?
Today I wore these shoes. They’re the height of fashion now aren’t they. Look around, and you’ll see shoes like this in lots of fashion spreads. These shoes are 20 years old. That’s right, I bought them in 1991 (from Midas). I’ve had them resoled once in this time.
When people ask me if garments come back into fashion (as in, should I keep this because one day it will be in fashion again) I generally advise against it, unless it’s a truly amazing garment. But I take a different view with shoes as shoe fashions do come around more quickly than clothes. If a shoe is well made and cared for, it can last and be in style for decades, as you can see with these. They spent 5-8 years in a box in the garage, but have been back out for the past couple of years now.
How do you buy shoes that will stay in fashion longer or will come back more quickly into fashion? My advice is to look for shoes that have elegance about them, but nothing too extreme.
- So a slimmer or more elegant heel, stay away from chunky or clunky if you want longevity.
- A neither very round nor pointed toe, almond is perennially classic.
- Good quality materials and construction will also help them last longer. I’ve danced all night in these shoes more times than I can remember, yet because they were well made, they’ve lasted the distance.
I recently went and saw an exhibition of clothing at the National Gallery of Victoria, there were shoes there from the 1920s that looked like they could be sold today in an exclusive boutique.
I find that shoes really withstand fashion trends far more easily than clothes, and are such an important part of any outfit, it’s good to invest in great shoes that will last.
How old are your oldest pair of shoes that are still in fashion?