When my hairstylist sent me an invitation to a vintage, designer shoe party I couldn’t resist. I mean my first word was shoe! Needless to say I was pretty excited about the fabulous pairs I would score!
The event was held in Soho at Ivana Helsinki Store on Elizabeth St. I walked in wearing my vintage ’89 Rolling Stones shirt, spike studded heels and black cut offs, with a black and white blazer. I was ready to try on every shoe there and hoping to leave wearing some fabulous vintage cuties with rhinestones and beads.
Once I entered the narrow, long boutique, I immediately scanned the room for what had to be mine. I’m a size 7 which is pretty average so I was hoping something amazing was waiting for me. To my dismay almost every pair was a size 6 or smaller! I watched women with little feet grabbing their treasures left and right while I could only cheerlead from the sidelines.
One pair did fit me but they weren’t exactly my style so I didn’t buy them. They reminded me of the art deco era, a trio-toned, low heeled sandal with a unique gold balled heal.
My two favorites of the night were, of course the most expensive, pair of Louis Vuitton black and white stilettos (seen above) with a black bow. I imagined myself wearing them with a pencil skirt, dainty sweater, curls in my hair, smelling of Chanel #5 and walking into a dim lit supper club. Alas I realized two things – they weren’t my size and I am way too boho to pull them off. My second favorite was a pair of leopard patent leather, opened toed stilettos – hello Dita Von Teese! You can’t tell from the photo but they even had glitter that made them almost look wet, very sexy!
So I did walk away empty handed but was satisfied having seen the collection, while sipping bubbly and listening to the DJ’s mix.
Eloisa Vintage is based in Brooklyn and caters to celebrities, magazine editors and movie stylists. The extensive archive of footwear is available for purchase or rental. This was their first public sales event. The shoe prices ranged from $60 to $250. I hope you enjoy the photos of my favorites!
Here are a few additional shots I thought you might like to see as well.