These popular 70s shoes have an enduringly fun & funky vibe
Sexy shoes add zing to spring: Women’s shoes from 1979
Article from Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio) – March 22, 1979
Spring ’79 will be a season of sensuality for footwear — and glove-like fabrications, bright colors, sculpted heels and “echoes of the ’40s” are the trends to watch, reports the Footwear Council.
The shape is closer to the foot, rounder, softer — and that goes for business shoes, sports shoes and dress shoes for men, women and children.
Women will become familiar with the “citisandal” and the “fisherman” shoe this spring. The former boasts stacked heels in myriad shapes and heights, a palette of colors ranging from pale neutrals such as champagne, sand and pebble to clear, crisp brights such as honeydew green, pale banana, Pacific turquoise and Chinese red.
There will be a large variety of strap combinations, perforations and cutouts featured in the shoes, fabricated in soft leathers and supple suedes.
Sporty and sophisticated women’s shoes from the 1979 Sears catalog
The French-inspired fisherman sandal works with pants or skirts, goes sporty or sophisticated. This style can be an intricate jumble of criss-crossing straps, or just two buttery-soft folds of leather. It can rest on flat-flat heels or scooped-out wedges, stacked mid-heels or stiletto spikes.
Available in brown or black leather, this fisherman's sandal is a classic and comfortable casual flat that never goes out of style!
For the casual fisherman, check out delicate snakeskins and linens, the Footwear Council suggests. For a fisherman’s elegant evening ashore, perhaps nubuck, soft and velvety as a summer night.
The council also reports an assortment of disco shoes that defy description. Fantasy is the key: glamour and sparkle, bursts of color and strappy metallics, the highest of heels and the barest look possible — but the chic-est as well.
See the catalog: Women’s shoes from the 1979 Sears catalog
Retro high heel shoes with open toes and in 70s platform and pump styles
Vintage strappy heels and sandals for women from 1979
Strappy heels and sandals plus patent and canvas handbags to match
Vintage dressy high-heel sandals with wood soles and leather uppers
Step out in 70s disco chic with the Marc Fisher Acres strappy platform high heel sandal. This simple, yet sexy sandal features a covered block heel and an adjustable skinny wraparound ankle strap. You'll be a dancing queen in no time with these stunners.
Stylish perforated 70s shoes for women – sandals and clogs
High-heeled sandals and ballet wedges plus ankle strap vintage shoes for women
Elevate your look with these versatile low wedge ballerina flats that style with everything!
Shoes with moccasin toe urethane upppers and plantation crepe rubber soles from 1979
Sporty stitch trim Oxford athletic shoes from 1979
Retro casual shoes for women with brown leather uppers and rubber soles
70s-style Oxfords with brown leather uppers and wavy platform soles
Vintage moccasin-style shoes and slip-on footwear for women from 1979
Sandals with cork soles and chunky heels
Vintage low-profile walking shoes for women
Mid-heel brown leather sandals from the ’70s with wood and cork soles
Stylish 70s shoes for women with ornamental vamps and metal trim and square heels
Walking sandals for women in the 70s – low square heels and cork wedge soles
Sophisticated dressy sandals from 1979 – wedges and T-straps plus pumps and heels
Vintage open-toe high-heel sandals with T-straps and knotted vamps plus ankle straps
Take the dressy drama of wedge sandals to new soaring new heights with these cork-heeled peep toe platform shoes!
Retro crafted-look sandals – crochet-look, macrame-style and hemp heels from 1979
Luxurious 70s kidskin sandals with cross vamps, T-straps and ruffle trims plus cork sole
Conservative shoes for women – leather uppers and mid-heel
Retro leather and urethane dress boots for women
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Retro Motion-Ease Sole Shoes with molded rubber soles
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70s casual clogs for women with brown leather uppers and natural wood platforms
A wood-like block heel and stud details define this summer-ready, versatile shoe.
Cool and comfortable fabric heels and espadrilles from 1979
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Vintage casual 70s shoes – oxfords, espadrilles, slip-ons and ballet flats
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Fabric casuals and tennis shoes from the ’70s
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My mother worked for Sears for 30 years, from 1974 to 2004. We had Sears e v e r y t h i n g. I’d given anything to see those shoes in person again. We had multiples of these styles as my sister, mom and I wore so many of the sandals, and my dad wore Jeepers, too, never Keds. Mom’s discount and our low budget ensured that. Still, everything was of high quality and I miss it so much. Thanks for this post!!!