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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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Treffle Bolduc Snowshoes
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Treffle Bolduc Snowshoes
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$758 Bids
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BOX OF HORSE SHOES
Sep 29, 9:00 AM AEST
BOX OF HORSE SHOES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD302 Bids
VINTAGE DAN POST LIZARD SKIN COWBOY BOOTS
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
VINTAGE DAN POST LIZARD SKIN COWBOY BOOTS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
American Girl 13 Pair Lot of Shoes Sneakers Boots Slippers for 18" Doll Used EX+
Nov 05, 3:00 PM EDT
American Girl 13 Pair Lot of Shoes Sneakers Boots Slippers for 18" Doll Used EX+
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $25- $50
$50 Bids
Vintage Pr of Snow Shoes
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pr of Snow Shoes
by Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Pr of Bear Paw Snow Shoes
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Pr of Bear Paw Snow Shoes
by Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Vintage Pr of Snow Shoes
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pr of Snow Shoes
by Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE OXEN SHOES
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE OXEN SHOES
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
VINTAGE WOOD SNOWSHOES
Oct 01, 9:00 AM MDT
VINTAGE WOOD SNOWSHOES
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
PAIR OF SHOE BUCKLES
Sep 30, 4:00 PM WEST
PAIR OF SHOE BUCKLES
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Collection of Vintage Children's Shoes.
Oct 15, 10:30 AM PDT
Collection of Vintage Children's Shoes.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$500 Bids
Pair of antique French leather riding boots with wooden stretchers (2)
Oct 05, 4:00 PM AEDT
Pair of antique French leather riding boots with wooden stretchers (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1600 Bids
A Miniature Pair of Shoes
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Pair of Shoes
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
(11) Pair Pretty Plus Flip-Flops/ Shoes
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(11) Pair Pretty Plus Flip-Flops/ Shoes
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
A SMALL PAIR OF 17TH CENTURY LEATHER SHOES.
Sep 29, 10:30 AM BST
A SMALL PAIR OF 17TH CENTURY LEATHER SHOES.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £150- £200
£1300 Bids
(4) Pairs Golf Shoes, Etonic, Nike Golf
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(4) Pairs Golf Shoes, Etonic, Nike Golf
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shoes


Auctioneers, Inc.

Auctioneers, Inc.

Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers