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The Best Vintage-Inspired Shoes to Wear with Vintage Dresses

Nothing can throw off your outfit’s groove like the wrong pair of shoes! I’m a gal who loves to wear vintage dresses, so I’ve come to learn the value of finding a fabulous pair of vintage-inspired shoes that fit in well with a wardrobe from another era. If you love vintage too, then you’ll love this round-up of modern vintage shoes. And unlike the originals, you’ll probably find a pair in your size!

  • Mustard Mary Janes 1 of 15
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    This vibrant colored pair of classic Mary Janes has just enough of a heel to elongate those legs. This style would work great with dresses from the '50s and '60s and is demure enough to wear with shorter length skirts.

    Available from ModCloth for $39.99

  • Zig Zag Pumps 2 of 15
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    This pair of low-heeled shoes packs a graphic punch. Perfect for wearing with your late '70s and early '80s styles while listening to the Ramones on vinyl.

    Available from ASOS for $62.29

  • Cut-Out Burgundy Pumps 3 of 15
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    These silky suede pumps are adorned with cut-outs and a classic shape. They're perfect for below-the-knee styles of the '40s and '50s, but are so timeless, they'd go with any ladylike vintage ensemble you put together.

    Available from ModCloth for $184.99

  • Wide-Strap Mary Janes 4 of 15
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    Knee socks and miniskirts are quintessentially '60s, and if you're looking for the shoes to complete the look, these are the ones!

    Available from DSW for $59.95

  • Platform Oxfords 5 of 15
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    Platforms are the perfect style to go with your late '60s and early '70s styles. Perfect with flowy short dresses and brown tights, these are also great to give you height with your favorite pair of wide-leg jeans.

    Available from Urban Outfitters for $39.99

  • Plaid Pumps 6 of 15
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    Classic pumps go well with any decade of clothing, but I particularly love them for the '50s and late '70s / early '80s. This pair of plaid pumps would look charming with a classic little black dress for the holiday season!

    Available from ASOS for $44.50

  • Lace-up Oxford Pumps 7 of 15
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    Combining many charming vintage elements, like wing-tip detailing, delicate laces, Mary Jane styling, and a feminine heel, these pumps are packed with personality. They're perfect for styles from the '40s to the '60s.

    Available from ModCloth for $34.99

  • Burgundy T-Straps 8 of 15
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    T-straps are an elegant, feminine style that has plenty of timeless appeal. I love wearing t-straps with any style of vintage clothing, but I particularly love them with knee-length skirts and dresses from the '50s and '60s.

    Available from ModCloth for $67.99

  • Suede Buckle Pumps 9 of 15
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    This demure style has preppy, classic charm and works great with separates, like a pleated skirt and turtleneck. The style is timeless and works great with cigarette pants, too.

    Available from DSW for $169.95

  • Leather Pumps 10 of 15
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    This classic style of leather pumps works great with a variety of styles. The higher rise reminds me of '40s and '70s styled shoes, but its neutral style would work with so many eras of vintage.

    Available from ModCloth $64.99

  • Patent Black and White Pumps 11 of 15
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    This patent Mary Jane pump is also a very versatile shoe. It works great with professional looks and sexier styles like '50s wiggle dresses.

    Available from ModCloth for $37.99

  • Fringe Oxford Pumps 12 of 15
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    The preppy style of these fringed oxfords would look smashing with a tailored '50s dress, '60s sweater sets, and especially with short skirts and knee socks. Or- be creative and mix and match this style with punk looks from the '70s and '80s!

    Available from ModCloth for $183.99

  • Olive Platform Pumps 13 of 15
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    This is a shoe for the flower child in you. Perfect for both bohemian and preppy looks from the late '60s and early '70s.

    Available from DSW for $89.95

  • Mary Jane Saddle Shoes 14 of 15
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    If you're a fan of girly mid-century styles, this Mary Jane saddle shoe is perfect for you! I think these would look great with ankle or knee socks paired with a '60s shift dress, or a miniskirt with a classic styled sweater.

    Available from ModCloth for $59.99

  • Red Patent Pumps 15 of 15
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    The classic red patent pump is something every vintage loving gal needs in her arsenal of shoes! These are great with an ultra feminine vintage dress, and would be the perfect match for your favorite little black dress.

    Available from DSW for $24.99

Check out more of Mandi’s writing at Making Nice in the Midwest. Follow Mandi on Twitter and Pinterest too!

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