Orange

Orange heels
These shoes are one of six pairs I bought at The Little Shoe Store in NYC. Don’t look at me that way — it’s impossible to find grown-up shoes when you’re smaller than a size six (…which is increasingly becoming poor justification as my heels collection pushes over 30) and this store only carries size 6 and below.

I can’t remember if all of the vintage shoes at the store were bought from the same warehouse, but Sidney the owner had many shoes by Joseph LaRose, a shoe designer based in Jacksonville, Fla. whose shoes were worn by ladies such as Jackie Kennedy and Joan Crawford (learn more about him here and here). When he died, Larose’s warehouse — “four decades of lime green shoes in one, orange in another and so on,” according to this article — of shoes was purchased by a pair of vintage store owners in NYC; the warehouse is now in Long Island City.

These orange heels actually didn’t make my first round of purchases. But I couldn’t stop thinking about them over the weekend, so after a desperate phone call, I ended up running down to the store again and claiming them. I do love the color and style of these heels, but really it was the fit that got me. They really looked like they were custom made for my feet.

[People merrily chirp at me, “Oh! You can wear kids shoes because your feet are so small!” And that is not the case. Children’s feet are still developing so their shoes aren’t as shapely as adult shoes. This is most apparent in the arch area: Children’s shoes are much flatter there, which means they won’t show off the lovely shape of my high arches (nor support them properly). End of shoe lesson (for now).]

And aren’t the insoles great? Insoles usually are just beige and stamped with the brand name, but the scalloped orange pieces make them extra special I think. It’s like a pretty little secret only the wearer knows about.

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