In the 1960's the winklepicker toe was very popular with mods.They made a comeback in the late 1970s and early 1980s when they were sold at London indoor markets like Kensington Market and Chelsea's Great Gear Market and worn by several subculture groups including Mod Revivalists, Rockabillies,
Punks, and in the goth scene, where they are known as "pikes".
The great thing about winklepickers, oxford styles as well as the ever popular granny boot is that they are comfortable and look great on everyone. Even local shoe connoisseur "John Fluevog" has picked up on the trend and created an ultra modern, sleek sort of Victorian version of the "granny booty"
Although I love what some shoe designers are creating right now, I must say nothing beats the real deal for me. I absolutely ADORE the worn in look and feel that comes with a quality vintage shoe or boot.
Don't get me wrong I have within my collection some very nice and well made European designs like the modern take on a 1940's style froma company called "Neosens". These timeless footear designs are not only incredibly comfortable but also an incredibly well made shoe. You can see how the outter top of the shoes is stiched right into the sole, a good indication of that the shoe will not explode into a million pieces after only a few seasons.
Which brings back to one of the major reasons why I am so addicted to vintage footwear. My mentality is that vintage shoes have lasted x-amount of years because fo the quality and will last that much longer with care and maitenance. I had a pair of vintage boots that were already 30yrs old and they lasted me over 10years where as a new pair of boots I bought, put me out $200 and combusted only a year later! I say poop to that!
On a positive note I'd like to mention that the Adhesif Clothing shop carries some really amazing vintage shoes and boots and we re-stock every Tuesday!
Another great factor is the fact that the prices are incredibly reasonable! Most shoes and boots are priced between $28-$84! Holy smokes with prices like that it's no wonder our shoe selection is constantly re-newing itself.
Below are a few examples of some of the shoes we currently have in the shop...
They're in excellent condition and are only $82
Minimal, sleek and versatile. These Italian made size 7.5 boots are a lovely shade of charcoal grey and I tell you now if they fit me they would be in my closet!! These hard to find lovelies are a total score!
Not only are they in great shape but they have the coolest ankle trim which look like snake skin from far but it is actually a braided piece of burlap cord that has been painted black. So unique and only $58!
New shoes and boots every Tuesday at 2202 Main, if your in neighborhood pop on by, you won't be disappointed! : )