And don’t forget the broad, chunky heels! Here’s a look back.
These shoes were made for walkin’: Stylish vintage 1960s shoes for women
Article from the Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Illinois) July 21, 1968
The “pretty girl” look is “in” this season — “in” in moppet curls, lave and ruffles, tiny waists, flower-printed voiles and chiffons, wide, wide belts at the natural waistline, pastel hosiery, and, last, but certainly not least, “in” in footwear.
Bows, flowers, rhinestones, buckles, straps and a wide array of colors adorn shoes for the spring and summer seasons, along with ruching, heading, starchy ruffles and “UFOs”, I. Miller’s toe baubles. And don’t omit those broad, chunky heels.
One new look for spring and summer is the low-cut throat that makes a vamp all but disappear, giving the foot a smaller-than-small look.
Other fashion scoops: the ones that make a shoe a shell, the ones that separate a shoe into two pieces and leave the mid-section bare to be filled in with summer tan or colored stocking.
Higher heels on vintage 1960s shoes for women
Heels are inching up, with more and more two-inch heights reported and, some that go as high as two-and-a-half inches. But always, the look is a heel that is broad and squarish, that makes a leg look touchingly vulnerable, adorable, young.
New renditions of heels include Julianelli’s “Porthole” heel, Palizzio’s “Ransom” heel paved with rhinestones, Margaret Jerrold’s new high heel (but nevertheless sturdy and broad), Evins’ octagon, Palizzio’s “Necklace” (a contoured heel whose shoe wears a rhinestone collar) and Erica’s shaped wedge.
Other heel styles are I. Miller’s gaily striped column heel pump in white patent leather. The throatline is piped in red to match the stripes on the round heel. The designer also features round heels on bejeweled patent sandals for evening. The heels are jeweled to match.
Herbert Levine’s newest version of his famous clear heel is a cluster of sculptured lucite on a patent pump.
Sandals from the sixties
Chunky heels will also be seen on sandals. Levine creates summer shadows with alternating straps of brown and white patent to form an open sandal for the carefree season.
A one-inch block heel accents a St. Tropes shoe by Revelations designed on a platform with strategically placed straps that add airiness. The sandal will be seen everywhere this season.
Try one for the city with its toe and heel bared and everything between covered anklebone high in velvety suede. Or how about a T-strap that sheathes its toe in gunmetal kid and goes bare-backed into town?
For offices, they could be cover-ups of kid, riddled with openings and meant to be worn with bright stockings. Other sandal ideas: a clear vinyl stripped with black kid, an orange patent sling-back with silver toe and green wafer sole.
For country wear, new forms are added: the Ganymede sandal, all horizontal bands on a flat sole with broad straps running up the Shinbone and another strap braceleting the calf; or the gladiator sandal, same thing but rising to the knee, or the shiny look of aluminum bands around the ankle, joined with links of brass.
One of the newest looks for spring is I. Miller’s revolutionary follow — the toe-line black patent pump with an asymmetric strap sweeping across the instep and buckling to one side. The new silhouette gives the foot a baby doll look.
Bally for Joyce Christopher designs a crepe de chine pump for “black tie” evenings with a newly squared toe and dramatic glitter buckle.
This season, when the whole idea is to be ultra-feminine, toe decorations on shoes are yummy. Shoes are frilled with bows, ruffles, ruching, ribbons, painted flowers; iced with beading or starchy ruffles; glittered with halters of jewels.
One curvy patent pump, by I. Miller, shelters its toe under an enormous jungle bloom done in layers of ringers leather, the whole thing pulsing with color.
Fashion won’t neglect the shoe that goes where the action is, shoes that teens tag “monster” shoes. These could be oxfords, staunch straps, loafers, shoe-boots, shoes with heavy soles, saddle stitching, or extra-wide toes.
100s more vintage 1960s shoes for women
Browse this whole section of high heels, sandals, slings, pumps, boots, flats, tennies and other shoes for women from the retro Sears & Wards catalogs, plus other shoe ads from the era!
Vintage suede shoes for women by Melville (1966)
Vintage black patent Socialites heels from 1961
Coquette cut-outs flirt with fashion in the ’60s – adjustable slide buckles on these sandals
Frivolous flats for women
Retro strappy low heeled shoes, T-strips shoes, two twisted ties, perky bow on cutout vamp
Stylish retro 1960s shoes for women (1968)
The Matchables shoes from Sears (1960s)
3 snappy looks, alive with color and styled with verve to give your outfit a totally coordinated look
1. Take a bold stance in this platform heel with white accents. Vinyl patent uppers are accented by fabric bow. Composition sole, 2-inch heel. Colors: Yellow, green, tan
3. Dare to be bare in this sling with glowing patent vinyl uppers. Graceful 2-1/4-in. heel. Composition sole. Sizes B (medium) 5-1/2 to 9 and 10. Half sizeses too. Colors: Red, white, blue; Bone, tan; All black
5. Intertwining hues on natural-color background bedeck rayon tapestry upper. Composition sole, 2-1/4-inch heel.
Vintage Carol Brent pumps – Shiny patent looks and matte leather looks in fashionable styles
Comfort pumps, V-throat vamp shoes
Footwear features cool nylon mesh, medium heel pump from the sixties
Vintage women’s leather shoes and deerskin moccasins for ladies
Retro Red Cross high-heeled shoe display (1964)
Retro 1960s shoes for women: Leather pumps
T-straps in black, dark beige and red – plus tailored pumps with bow on vamp
Pretty pastel vintage pumps and heels for women – made of kidskin
The sling’s the thing
Three open ‘n’ airy “Back Talks” designed with elastic at the back to hug your foot in comfort
Mini-heels and souped-up square toe leather and vinyl patent shoes for women
Retro 1960s shoes for ladies: Penny loafers & more
Old-fashioned penny loafers and vintage moccasins, plus squared-off flat shoes for women with T-straps and laces
Comfortable platform wedge shoes for women white, black and bone colors
Slip-ons, open-toe, slings and slingbacks in white leather or Pattina pleather
Stylish vintage low-heeled walking shoes for ladies
Made with leather – pumps with classic lines
Retro T-strap shoes and slingbacks with short heels & blunt toes
Penny mocs and loafters, vintage Oxfords for ladies, and saddle shoes in black and white
Retro fashion-right Skips for women
Tennis shoes, sneakers with cotton uppers and rubber soles
Ladies’ retro slippers – Carol Brent brand
Washable women’s Skips shoes – vintage cotton-nylon tennis shoes in bright colors
Comfort/nursing shoes from the 1968 Wards catalog
Vintage strappy heels for women – leather and patent leather
Exciting colorful vintage patent leather shoes for women – For young moderns
Vintage low-heeled deerskin shoes for women – walking pumps and wedge shoes
Sassy, swinging sixties shoes
Vintage cobra-look leather blunt-toe low heels, slingbacks, cut-out daisy for swinging feet
Glossy shiny retro shoes for women with square toes, chunky heels in gleaming patent leather
Bright and bold vintage pumps for women – Carol Brent Pattina shoe collection
A rainbow of stylish sixties shoes