Sunday, April 24, 2011
Shoe Collectors: Caroline Cox says "They are still out there"
Caroline Cox is a fashion historian, and author of Vintage Shoes and Stiletto. She began collecting vintage shoes as a punk teenager. Unfortunately not quite realizing the value then, of the easy pickup able collectables, she wore them until they fell apart. Now wiser she has greater respect for vintage shoes. According to the fashion expert she rates Salvatore Ferragamo’s experimental designs of the 1940s and Roger Vivier designs for Dior in the 1950s as blue chip investments. Vivienne Westwood 80s shoes are imminently collectable and Terry de Havilland’s seventies wedges are a must have for the serious collector. Caroline Cox believes there are plenty of bargains still to be had in second hand shoes. She recommends lots of research and swears by eBay as a great source for finding shoe advertisements and magazines and other images. The author highly rates Louboutin, Chanel and Manolo Blahnik for their great re-sale value and personally values shoes designed by Tokio Kumagai.