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.
Not the cheapest shoes on the market, but if you want classic and long-lasting, these Church's Patent Burwood Wingtip Brogues are hard to beat.
That rich chocolate brown colour for the patent leather is certainly an eye-catcher, with the shoe finished with the decorative brogue perforations and topped off with a leather sole.
£355 is the hefty asking price, but look after them and these timeless gems should serve you well for many years.
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Mary-Janes have become a classic in womens footwear, spanning generations with their retro appeal and versatility. While there are cheaper high street versions available, these Red Temptation II Mary-Janes by Melissa are irresistibly kitsch.
Made from the brand’s signature flexible plastic materials, the high shine goes beyond glossy patent leather to create a look that’s ideal for vampish fifties and sixties looks alike. The bombshell red, or alternative black shade are ideal for a shoe with simplistic structure and killer looks. As a cutesy finish, they even smell like bubblegum.
Get them online from Dollydagger in the UK for £75.
While we are big fans of truly vintage-look bags and accessories from new designers and the high street, there's always room in our hearts for a more quirky retro option. This Patent Leather Carry Case by French & English Confectioner's has an irresistible charm that's unique.
The rich cream shade of patent leather is the ideal backdrop for a briefcase style illustration, printed directly on to the bag front. With carry handles and a sizeable inner, it's ideal for both weekends away and work days with your laptop.
It's available online from Not On The High Street for £155.
Those finishing touches for your wardrobe can make all the difference towards achieving a truly vintage look. For those of us who like to switch between eras, a pair of classic and timeless shoes are ideal, like these Clue Patent Slingbacks by Jimmy Choo.
In a luxuriously high shine patent leather, the navy shade of these slingbacks is rich and luxurious enough to achieve a higher end look immediately. The slingback and peep toe structure, along with a slim heel, allow them to be paired with looks from the sixties right up to the 1980s with equal style.
Get them online in the UK from Net-a-Porter for £395.
The easiest way to inject a brave dash of colour into any wardrobe is through the accessories, and killer shoes are a must for any retro look. These Melissa Ashia Mary-Jane Shoes are ideal for a fifties or sixties wardrobe, in a dazzling shade of red.
The shoes are made from thick, durable plastic, ensuring that candy-apple sheen will last uncreased for longer than patent leather. With a simple thin ankle strap and rounded heel, the simplicity and classic shape compliment the loud colour to create a headturning accessory.
Get them online from Dollydagger for £75.