Many high street retailers would have us believe that the only glamorous shoes are those with towering heels or sky-high platforms. If you're after something that rivals the best stilettos, these stylish Patent T-Bars from Urban Outfitters are ideal.
It's a rare occasion when the mainstream high street shops bring us items with retro looks stretching further back than the 1950s, but once in a while a rare gem will sneak through. This pair of Bordeaux Slingbacks from Monsoon are an ideal choice for lovers of many vintage eras, providing a perfect accompaniment for everything from flapper to mod styles.
The t-bar slingbacks are truly classic, with the use of a low heel and closed almond toe. In a rich cream shade of leather, these dancing shoes have a real vintage treasure feel, making them perfect to pair with your well chosen retro threads from 20s evening looks to 60s daywear.
Get yours from Monsoon for £50.
Dolly shoes are a great go to choice for almost any mid 20th century outfit, with perennial style that doesn't seem to be going out of style any time soon. This pair of Bow Dolly Shoes by Poetic Licence have a classic but cutesy style that's truly versatile too.
The lower heel height allows this shoe to work for day or night time, evoking a fifties style dance shoe style. The t-bar fastening ties in with that look, while a spot print and kitschy bow give a retro appeal that can span well into 1960s looks too.
They're available from Oli online now for £60.
T-bar strap shoes are always an easy and effective way to achieve a mid-20th century style, providing that timeless finish to outfits from the twenties to the sixties. For those who find heels hard to bear, Topshop have provided an ideal alternative in these Vinnie Canvas Flats, with all the chic of their heeled sisters.
Made from a cotton canvas, the shoes are comfortable enough for wearing every day and dancing in all night, with a suede toe cap and leather strap too. The peach shade adds some extra retro appeal, providing an unusual take on old fashioned jazz shoes. Practical doesn't always have to compromise on pretty, eh?
They're available from Topshop now for £25.