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Family Treasures - Edition 20
                                  August 2005

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Family Treasures 20

Jill Churchill, who writes on antiques and collectables for YOURS magazine, continues her series.      




Remember winkle pickers (and maybe the bunions that went with them)? If you still have a pair at the back of the wardrobe, now’s the time to get them out. Not to wear yourself, but to sell.


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A hardly-worn pair of 1950s shoes might nowadays find a buyer at a vintage clothes shop. The more outlandish the style the better: very high stilettos, platforms or fancy ankle-straps can be about ?70 - ?100, and double if there’s a matching handbag.

Older is better

Of course truly antique shoes can be worth much more: ?4,000 was the recent price at Christie’s for a pair of embroidered pink satin Georgian shoes with paste buckles.

And some French black leather, velvet-trimmed dancing slippers, dated to around 1850, were ?150 at Christie’s a couple of years ago.

Whatever the age, shoes are quite a specialised market
with not a great many collectors (think of the space needed for display), so most everyday shoes are at charity-shop prices only. Exceptions worth taking to ‘vintage’ dealers are 1920s shoes with the familiar name of Dr. Scholl - he was from Chicago, a genuine doctor, and some of his earlier creations have sold for ?90.

Shoes in wartime

The recent “1940s House” TV series
has sparked renewed interest in wartime fashions: look for the ‘two cheeses’ stamp which was the Utility mark, reminder of a time when Government restrictions forbade luxury, and heels were not allowed to be higher than 2 inches. A good Utility pair might be ?60-?70.
Any 1940s shoes with higher heels or snazzy decoration are likely to be American. They may be of interest to internet collectors: Joyce, a Californian company, is the name to look for: usually good for ?55-?65 at auction.

More modern labels

As always, designer labels mean money. Yves St Laurent boots from the 1960s can make ?90, and a pair of 1980s Vivienne Westwood’s might be a hefty ?250.

Tip for the future: rescue (before she bins them) a teenage daughter’s “Hello Kitty” flip-flops (made in Japan) that she bought in the 1990s, also any Spice-Girl-style shoes with huge wedges: they look like becoming collector’s items. Worth about ?30 now, but prices are predicted to rise.

The best are the classic ‘90s “buffalo” shoes: some may even reach ?100 – and who-knows-what as we step further into the 21st century.



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