How to Make Vintage Shoes Look Right Up to Date

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One of the very best things about choosing high quality shoes is that they’ll be a solid part of your wardrobe for many years to come. 

In fact, as vintage fans already know, there’s a large market in vintage shoes. Classic shoes in good condition can be a great way to bring a bit of retro style into your look. 

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that genuine vintage shoes may be a very different shape to their modern counterparts. Depending on your own foot size and preferences, you may find that modern vintage style shoes are a better fit for you (pun very much intended!) 

Need some inspiration here? These tassel loafers or these Oxford wingtips could be an excellent starting point. 

Whether you opt for vintage shoes or vintage-inspired shoes, it’s all about how you style them. Though opting for head-to-toe classic clothing can be fun, it might not be a choice you want to make every day. 

So how can you make vintage shoes look more contemporary?

Pair vintage shoes with modern trouser silhouettes 

One of the best ways to avoid looking like you’re wearing a ‘costume’ with vintage clothes is to pair them with modern pieces. We think vintage shoes look excellent with modern trouser silhouettes such as tapered suit trousers, slim fit chinos or even skinny jeans. 

Add statement laces

Colour blocking has been a big trend in recent years. This has extended to shoes, and many shoe lovers have sported classic shaped shoes in bold colours. You can easily bring a touch of this trend to your own vintage style shoes by switching out your current laces for some in a bold hue.

Keep the rest of your look simple

If you’re new to vintage, you might want to err on the side of minimalism. You can balance out a pair of ornate vintage inspired wingtips, for example, by keeping the rest of your clothes plain. It’s very hard to go wrong with a well cut white or cream shirt. 

Would you like to read more about why it pays to invest in high quality footwear? Read our thoughts on the benefits of bespoke here

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