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Johnson Shoes

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

"A Brogue" oxford in brown and snake

I’ll keep the shoe theme going for another post…I stumbled upon Johnson Shoes in one of those lists of vintage clothing and shoe resources where most of the links are no longer working. Fortunately, the Johnson Shoes link still worked and I discovered a wonderful resource for 1930’s through 1950’s shoes for men and women. Based in the UK, Johnson Shoes has been selling hand crafted shoes since 1983.

From the website: “We always carry black, brown and white dance shoes, but all our ranges come in all colours. Different soles are available according to your needs. Whilst some styles and colours are in stock due to the fact we offer high quality handmade footwear so it can take a number of weeks to produce your shoes. We offer quality not speed.

Whether you want to dance all night or be comfortable all day we make quality footwear that caters for your needs. Whether you choose from one of the many designs you see on our site or design what you want it’s all in with the price.

Johnson shoes are dance orientated. We have jazz, rock and roll, swing, balboa and lindy-hop shoes, ballroom, and latin shoes, 40s jive, ceroc, leroc, salsa and jive shoes.

You can choose from a wide range of materials including, leather, suede, nubuck, patent, pony, non-leather and a choice of soles, leather, eva, suede , crepe and non-leather. We do all the above footwear from size 3 including half sizes to a ladies size 9 in selected styles and up to mens size 13”

You had me at Balboa…

In addition to custom footwear, Johnson Shoes carries some styles in stock, which are sold through the Rock and Roll Products website. The styles available in stock are also the styles you can customize.

Here’s what I’m loving from the site (there are no individual links, for some reason – sorry!):

Penny Loafer in black and white (I remember someone bemoaning Aris Allen discontinuing their white loafers...)

"Telephone" heels in gold and silver - I can't even begin to tell you how much I am in love with this pair of shoes

White bucks to go with your seersucker suit

"Spanish" shoe in purple with teardrop cutouts

Saddle shoe in brown and beige

"Clio" heels in brown croc

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Men’s and Women’s Shoes on eBay

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This is definitely a good shoe week on eBay, so here are a couple of finds for the gents from the 1940’s and some more Remix shoes for the ladies:

Brown and white cap toes with wonderful broguing, $49.99

Brown Nettleton wingtips, size 8D - $24.99

Remix "Balboa" in gold, size 7.5 - $88

Remix "Pleated Toe" wedge, silver, size 11 - $39.99

Adorable 1940’s Dresses on eBay

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There was an overabundance of adorable-ness in my 1940’s dress eBay searches yesterday – too much not to share!

Two tone gray and yellow dress with Peter Pan collar and contrast trim on giant pockets = LOVE

Plaid pinafore dress with sash, ruffle sleeves, and buttons down the back

Rayon dress in a lovely shade of green

This is technically separates, but this green cardigan and swing skirt with lots of goring were meant to be together! Why is all the green stuff not in my size? 😦

Gorgeous rayon print dress with blue sash

Red gingham dress with white contrast color and pocket detail

Coral print dress with contrast collar and cuffs and double buttons down the front

Candy colored plaid dress with a single giant pocket

Cruisin Australia: 1940’s and 1950’s Reproduction Shoes for Men and Women

Veronica wedge - comes in 5 colors...drool...

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

While I was going through my inbox yesterday, deleting old emails, I came upon an email I sent to myself in April of 2005 titled “More wedges!” In the message was a link to Cruisin Australia, an online retailer of obvious origin who carries some really fantastic reproduction 1940’s and 1950’s shoes. I’m fairly determined to bring back the saddle shoe and this could be the supplier, with 3 different color schemes for men and 7 different color schemes for women. Cruisin Australia has a great selection of wedges and low heels for women, including a pair with leather perforations, which let those hot dancing feet breathe! The menswear line has a classic selection, including wingtips, captoes, suedes, and bucks.

Here are my favorites from the site:

Saddle shoes for men and women

Jayne wedge - available in 6 colors

Captoes - available in brown and white, black and white, and all black

Men’s 1940’s Shoes in Brown

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I’d hate to leave the gents out of the shoe bonanza this week, so here are some choice selections from eBay:

These shoes are gorgeous and expensive BUT the seller is open to offers - never hurts to try!

A different take on the wingtip with cool shading.

Perforated for optimal foot ventilation

Tic-Tac-Toes Dance Shoes

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Shag Shoe - my bronze pair on the far right, pictured with their other metallics, black, and dark red

I came across Tic-Tac-Toes dance shoes in the early 2000’s when I decided that I wanted a pair of bronze Mary Janes to dance in. Finding cute dance flats was already a giant chore, but somewhere in my internet searches I stumbled on the Tic-Tac-Toes website. I ended up with a pair of their “Shag” shoes (presumably Carolina Shag) in bronze and was a very happy camper – the shoes are lightweight, with leather soles, and come in 38 colors. That’s right – THIRTY-EIGHT COLORS.

Thus, if you are looking for a very specific color of dance shoe, Tic-Tac-Toes may be the very place to look. They have a number of styles they have designated for Lindy Hop, such as saddle shoes, two-tone t-strap wingtips, and t-strap heels, but really any of their dance shoes could work. If you are worried about heels, all of the Tic-Tac-Toes shoes have a wide heel and there’s nothing on this website over 2 inches.

The shoes are made in Gloversville, New York for men and women, and come in narrow, regular, and wide widths. The soles and upper parts of the shoes are leather. According to the Tic-Tac-Toes website, “We proudly use only domestic finished leather in our dance shoes. Because we do not use backers between our leather upper and our soft foam and tricot linings, our leather will stretch and mold to the shape of your foot thereby adding to the comfort of the shoe. In addition, our leather has a durable top coating of urethane which allows for easy cleaning and less scuffing.”

Here are my picks from the Tic-Tac-Toes website:

Lana T-strap

Benny Saddle Shoe

Bridget T-Strap

Goldie T-strap (I do love a good t-strap)

Kailey Mary Jane Heel - these remind me of the Mary Jane Dancestore wedges, but with heels, of course

Stormy Shoe

Remix Balboa

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

A pair of my favorite shoes, green two tone Remix Balboa shoes, have made an appearance on eBay in a size 6, new without box. With a $19.99 starting price, this could be a steal!

If you are on the fence about the color, I’ll add that I hesitated for a long time to get these shoes, even though green is my favorite color, because I wasn’t certain they would go with anything in my closet; however, once I finally stopped admiring them from afar and got them near my closet, I discovered that they go with a surprising number of garments in various shades and amounts of green. The low heel and flexible sole on these shoes are Balboa and Lindy friendly.

Cap Toes Galore

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I’m not sure how eBay seller justin711 came into this many pairs of men’s cap toe shoes from the 1920’s through the 1940’s, but he has listed eight pairs of them, all in wearable condition. My favorite pair are the two tone brown and white, with the scuffed up boots coming in a close second. Here are the goods, in sizes ranging from 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 and a $19.99 starting price: