Shoes

Humans have been wearing shoes for about 40,000 years, but what began as a practical matter of foot protection ultimately evolved into a fashion accessory of the highest order. They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but the same can't be said for shoes, at least in a manner of speaking. For many people, shoes are totems of self- expression providing a window into their taste.

Shoe designers continually riff on basic shapes and classic silhouettes from every conceivable angle in multiple incarnations. They range from men's Hermès espadrilles with leather and raffia soles to Chloé's pumps and flats with scalloped edges rooted in tradition, but reimagined for modern day and evening wear.

But it's not all about new styles born from old. Authenticity-obsessed buyers find auctions brimming with genuine vintage shoes of all kinds including peep-toe slingback pumps from the '40s and '70s Native American-style suede boots trimmed with fringe.


Quick Facts

  • Elvis Presley's famed blue suede shoes sold at a December 2013 Julien's auction in Beverly Hills for $75,000
  • In 2013, a pair of handmade diamond-studded "Cinderella" fairy-tale pumps created by New Zealand designer Kathryn Wilson sold at a Ronald McDonald House charity auction for $418,450
  • In 2005, a pair of evening shoes adorned with a satin rose and crystals worn by actress Regina King to the 2005 Oscars sold at the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction for $1 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW BLACK/METALLIC GREEN MAYOR NIKEID SNEAKERS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW BLACK/METALLIC GREEN MAYOR NIKEID SNEAKERS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1025 Bids
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MINIATURE SHOE COLLECTION
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
MINIATURE SHOE COLLECTION
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$13 Bids
Three pairs of Vivienne Westwood ankle boots, 2000s-2010s,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
Three pairs of Vivienne Westwood ankle boots, 2000s-2010s,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£802 Bids
Jim Logan, Canadian (1955 - ), Look Grandma, New Boots, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Jim Logan, Canadian (1955 - ), Look Grandma, New Boots, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $500- $700
$3402 Bids
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NIKE AIR FORCE 1 07 LV8 FIRST USE UNIVERSITY RED SNEAKERS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
NIKE AIR FORCE 1 07 LV8 FIRST USE UNIVERSITY RED SNEAKERS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$612 Bids
Antique bronze sculpture of a cowboy boot 7.5” x 4” x 1.75”
Oct 20, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique bronze sculpture of a cowboy boot 7.5” x 4” x 1.75”
by OG Collections
Est: $25- $50
$51 Bid
Alexander Wang: Black Pebbled Leather Ankle Boots, Buckled Front Lace Cover
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Alexander Wang: Black Pebbled Leather Ankle Boots, Buckled Front Lace Cover
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD120- AUD140
AUD601 Bid
Lot of misc items including paperweights, shoe buttons & hankies
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Lot of misc items including paperweights, shoe buttons & hankies
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Edgar Degas: Dancer Tying Her Shoes
Oct 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Edgar Degas: Dancer Tying Her Shoes
by 500 Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Edgar Degas: Dancers Tying Shoes
Oct 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Edgar Degas: Dancers Tying Shoes
by 500 Gallery
Est: $250- $350
$750 Bids
LEATHER SPATS - Early 20th century
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
LEATHER SPATS - Early 20th century
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €25- €50
€200 Bids
PUPI D’ANGIERI - LEATHER BOOTS - 80s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
PUPI D’ANGIERI - LEATHER BOOTS - 80s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €40- €50
€300 Bids
Pablo Picasso, Attributed/ Manner of: Autographed Clown Shoes
Oct 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Pablo Picasso, Attributed/ Manner of: Autographed Clown Shoes
by 500 Gallery
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$3,5000 Bids
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Antique Pair of Chinese Shoes
Oct 24, 11:30 AM EDT
Antique Pair of Chinese Shoes
by Oakwood Auctions
Est: $750- $1,000
$3000 Bids
A 19TH C. ROSEWOOD SHOE FORM BOX WITH SHELL HEART
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A 19TH C. ROSEWOOD SHOE FORM BOX WITH SHELL HEART
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $175- $250
$800 Bids
Six pairs of Margiela shoes, 2000s-2010s,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
Six pairs of Margiela shoes, 2000s-2010s,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1600 Bids
TWO PAIRS OF CHILDREN'S SHOES AND A SINGLE
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO PAIRS OF CHILDREN'S SHOES AND A SINGLE
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$600 Bids
A Miniature Pair of Shoes
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Pair of Shoes
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A GOOD PAIR OF DIVING BOOTS, PROBABLY BY SIEBE GORMAN
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A GOOD PAIR OF DIVING BOOTS, PROBABLY BY SIEBE GORMAN
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £350- £450
£1700 Bids
Popeye the Sailor Kiddies Shoe Rack
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Popeye the Sailor Kiddies Shoe Rack
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$150 Bids
Bicycle Shoes & Jerseys
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Bicycle Shoes & Jerseys
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $125
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shoes


Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

500 Gallery

500 Gallery