284+ retro women’s shoes from the ’80s

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Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

So many shoe choices today: How to put your best foot forward (1983)

Shoes used to be so boring. No one worried about style. Thank goodness footwear has evolved from those drab, black lace shoes our great-grandmothers wore to the fashionable accessories they are today. In fact, the selection is so large, we could easily wear out the shoes we have on trying to go through each shoe store in a large mall.

We can select from spike heels, wedge heels, “flats,” pumps, penny loafers, moccasins and boat shoes, just to name a few.

Having such a wide range of styles and colors is what makes shoe shopping fun. And although husbands complain about the closet overflowing with shoes, wives always seem to think they need just one more pair.

With fall nearly here, now would be a good time to go through your closet and pitch the shoes that are worn or are out of style — like your clogs and platform sandals.

What you should have in that closet — if you want to be fashionable — is a pair of pumps. Local shoe retailers say this simple, classic design is definitely in.

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Retro women’s shoes from the ’80s

Click on any image below to see a larger version, and to browse this whole section of heels, pumps, sneakers, boots, flats and other women’s shoes from the 1983 JC Penney catalog, plus more from other women’s fashion magazines from the eighties!

Ballet flats from the eighties and low heels - plus jazz shoes, tassel slip-ons and other simple shoes for ladies
Retro shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Low-heel shoes from the '80s - pump with sueded leather, wingtips with laces, straps, classic medium-height pumps for ladies
Vintage footwear for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Brazilian leather low-heeled and kitten-heel vintage ladies' shoes in brown and beige colors
Vintage shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Low-heeled vintage shoes for women - Silver Steps footwear with buckles and slip-ons
Retro business casual shoes for women
Retro slippes for women - warm and comfortable styles - velour, faux fur and more
Slippers from the ’80s
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Chunky wooden-soled vintage heels for women - high heels and stylish brown clogs with leather uppers
Vintage wooden heels and clogs for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Strappy eighties shoes for ladies - square heels, strappy pumps, penny loafers, flats and other stylish soles
’80s footwear for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Strappy and sassy vintage high-heels for her from the '90s - sandals, pumps with buckle straps and other styles for ladies
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Fashionable ballet flats, ankle-strap flats, kitten heels and bow flat shoes from the '80s
Women’s retro flats from the ’80s
Vintage suede sneakers, athletic shoes, wedges and oxfords for women
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Retro preppy shoes in dark brown - with tassels and bows and rubber soles
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage moc-toe Oxfords with laces, urethane slip on shoes, pumps and other comfortable shoes for women
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Vintage 80s Naturalizer shoes for women - heels and flats from 1985

Vintage strappy slingback pumps with 2-1/2 inch heels - feminine and romantic styles
Women’s retro shoes from the ’80s
Brown preppy shoes with wooden heels with leather uppers
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
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For every occasion, leathers to boot. Want a change of pace? Add a little lustre to your life! Our Sugar Babies boots in glistening colors. Tall pull-on or mid calf, $39. Short low-heel boot, $32.
Tall and short ankle-length boots with and without heels - Vintage classics for women
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Brown boots for women - wedge, high and short heels in leather-look neutrals
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Vintage riding boots, fan-stitched urethane boots, feminine full-length zipper boots and sports boots
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Hiking boots, all-weather boots, duck rain shoes, and fleece-lined oxford shoes
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Women's retro Airstep high heels from the 80s

Retro-style Dr Scholl's wooden sandals from the 80s

Dr Scholl's vintage Sashay Sandals for women 1980s

'80s info on how to measure your feet for shoes - men and women
Women’s retro shoes from the ’80s

Women's shoes from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Women's vintage high heeled shoes - pumps from the eighties

Retro '80s party shoes for ladies - strappy heels and slinkbacks in cinnamon, navy, black, white and camel
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage T-strap shoes, bow-toe heels and strappy low-heel pumps for ladies
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
'80s-style delicate T-strap with refined heel, styled pump and sueded nylon shoes with strap
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Preppy shoes for junior high girls - brown, tan and beige leather shoes
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Vintage women's shoes from Naturalizer 1982

Western boots, steel-toe shoes for work, and other high-heel vintage boots for women
Classic boots for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Wintery cold-weather boots - toggle boots, puff, ripple sols, mid-calf and quilted-look boots
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage '80s boots and leather casual shoes for women
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage '80s boots - dimpled boots, full-length, half-length and up or down butter boots
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Retro Oxford-style nursing shoes - white leather-upper with flexible crepe rubber sole with wedge
Women’s retro shoes from the ’80s

Reebok workout shoes - sneakers from 1987

Vintage work shoes for women - comfort casuals, wedge shoes, low-heels and slip-on footwear
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage tennis shoes, joggers and court athletic shoes - oxfords, running shoes and more
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage '80s pumps for women - heels with bows, straps, smooth urethane uppers and rubber soles
Stylish shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage Sugar Babies shoes and leather - modern shoes with rubber soles, heels, cut-outs and suede
Women’s retro shoes from the ’80s
Retro '80s T-strap sandals, high and low heels, and pumps with bow fronts
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Work shoes and heels from the eighties: classic pumps, open-toe pumps and medium-height heels
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Closed-toe bare back pumps for women, peek-a-boo slings and sandals with knotted vamp
Vintage shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

Vintage 80s Hush Puppies heels for women 1982

Classic saddle shoes, suede casual moccasins, penny loafers
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Vintage leather footwear for ladies - moccasins with tassels, ballet flats, walking shoes, Mary-Jane pumps and Birkenstock-style slippers
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
Conservative vintage moccasins and low-heeled slip-on shoes in neutral colors - Retro footwear for ladies
Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog

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1980s retro women’s shoes: The power of the pumps

“Pumps have completely taken over this year,” says Ralph Nixon, supervisor for Weiss and Neuman Shoe Co., of which Barker’s Shoe Stores is a division. “They’re selling very well, especially among businesswomen.”

Steve Hayes, manager of the local Barker’s Shoes, says women are frequently asking for pumps.

“The biggest trend this fall is the tailored pumps. They’ll be the number one seller this year,” predicts Tom Mathew, owner of Dobbs and Mathew Bootery.

One reason the pump is making a comeback is because of its versatility, he explains. They can be worn with suits, skirts, dresses and slacks.

“They (women) like the tailoring and styling,” he adds. “Shoes reflect our clothes, and our clothes are tailored.”

Just as stylish this year are shoes sporting heels of medium height. Of course, high heels and flats will always sell, but there definitely is a demand for a two to two and one half inch heel, say local retailers.

Women’s retro shoes: Working women didn’t want high heels

Nixon believes the main reason his stores are selling more medium heels than high heels is because they’re the first choice of working women.

“There are more women in the business world now, and they don’t want to wear three-inch heels all day,” he says.

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Adds Jerry Fulk, manager of Kinney Shoes, “Women are paying more attention to comfort now. A lot of people don’t want the real high heels.”

Gary Myers, manager of the Village Bootery, points out, however, that shoe designers are pushing the high heels once again. And although this trend may not show up in the Midwest right away, Myers believes it is the style for women wanting to be trendsetters.

High heels are nice to look at. But women who are on their feet much in a day will agree they are not very comfortable.

So when we switch to our casual slacks and jeans, we look for comfort. And it’s just this reason that topsiders (also called boat shoes) are selling so well.

Along with mocassins — a style rapidly gaining momentum — topsiders are the money-makers in casual shoes.

Topsiders would be a wise investment for someone looking for a shoe that will still be in style next year, notes Mathew. Even though the style has already been around for about four years, retailers don’t believe it’s a fad that will soon disappear.

“It’s been strong in every part of the country. It’s a basic, a classic shoe, like penny loafers,” he adds.

“I don’t think they’ve peaked yet,” says Mike Cline, manager of Nobil Shoes. This year his store is selling the style in the traditional brown, white suede and navy blue.

Fulk says people of all ages are buying topsiders. “It kind of grows on you. Someone may not like it one year, and the next year come in and buy a pair.”

For a fashionable, casual shoe a little more dressy than the topsider, there’s the penny loafer. These shoes were revived with the “preppy” look and sports slots for a shiny ’83 penny or leather tassels. Both styles are selling well, notes Fulk.

The colors to look for in shoes this season include gray, plum, taupe, black, teal, salmon and mauve. In topsiders, white suede is hot.

“Plum and teal are supposed to be the two outstanding colors this fall,” notes Nixon, adding, “But gray is still outselling plum and teal. Light gray for spring, and dark gray for fall.”

Whatever your taste in shoes, there is sure to be a shoe for you. The range of styles and colors is better than ever this season.

One New York fashion writer says the reason for this large selection is that shoes have become “the most important” fashion accessory. She adds, “Shoes are to the present generation what hats were to their mothers in the ’50s.”

– Article from The Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana) – September 10, 1983

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