Some time ago I found a pair of 1930s beach shoes from France, so I guess it was bound to happen that I find a pair from Great Britain as well. I would have been happy with just the shoes, but they came in the original box which was just the best icing imaginable.
I spotted these on Instagram (that great enabler of collectors) in the feed of @wideawakevintage. If you are not following her, do please, as she finds the most amazing stuff. After nearly breaking my neck to get to her etay store, I found the shoes were still there and so I purchased them. It was not until the package arrived that I found the box was included.
There’s a real plus to buying from sellers who are obsessed with the history of things. They are on the lookout for ads and such to help with the dating of the things they find. And Michelle of Wide Awake really went above and beyond the duty of a vintage seller, as she not only found an advertisement with my new shoes…
she also found this photo for sale on Etsy with a woman wearing the shoes! I love how she has paired them with ankle socks and a dress, proving that beach sandals are not just for the beach.
Okay, these are not one hundred percent exactly like mine, but they are pretty darned close.
It’s always great to see something I have in my collection in the actual context of it being worn. Ads are great, but it takes a real woman to put these shoes in a real situation.
4 responses to “Dunlop Beach Sandals, 1939”
I agree. you have dotted the historical i’s and crossed the contextual t’s. I still kind of hate the way sandals looks with socks, even though I sense I’m close to needing to do that to baby my poor old feet.
ANOTHER lucky find ! This time with a photograph!
I sent you the scans of the dunlop leaflet, didn’t you get them?
I’ll try again, let me know
What a tale! Also, the sandals are super cute!