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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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Early Shoes
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Early Shoes
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$1208 Bids
EL RAY TONY LAMA LEATHER COWBOY BOOTS
Mar 01, 12:00 PM EST
EL RAY TONY LAMA LEATHER COWBOY BOOTS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$102 Bids
2 Sets of Yukon Snow Shoes, Kodiak, Chinook
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
2 Sets of Yukon Snow Shoes, Kodiak, Chinook
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Leather Shoes
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Leather Shoes
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
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Adidas Edge Lux Bounce Sports Shoes
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Adidas Edge Lux Bounce Sports Shoes
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Vintage Tony Lama Cowboy Boots
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Tony Lama Cowboy Boots
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Nine Vintage Wooden Dutch Shoes, EC
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Nine Vintage Wooden Dutch Shoes, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$30 Bids
Frye cowboy boots dark mahogany color
Mar 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Frye cowboy boots dark mahogany color
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $100- $200
$700 Bids
Justin Leather Kiltie Boots
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Justin Leather Kiltie Boots
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids
Justin Ostrich Leather Skin Kiltie Boots
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Justin Ostrich Leather Skin Kiltie Boots
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$100 Bids
Pair of snowshoes w/ shoe holders
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of snowshoes w/ shoe holders
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
Vintage Justin Cowboy Boots
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Justin Cowboy Boots
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
pair of snowshoes
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
pair of snowshoes
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
Pair snowshoes
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair snowshoes
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
A huge vintage Cobblers shop display Leather shoe 22 x 58 cm.
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A huge vintage Cobblers shop display Leather shoe 22 x 58 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £60- £80
£550 Bids
Dodge Gladys Brown Edwards Cowboy Boot
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Dodge Gladys Brown Edwards Cowboy Boot
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
ANTIQUE ENGLISH LEATHER RIDING BOOTS
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE ENGLISH LEATHER RIDING BOOTS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
ANTIQUE LEATHER EQUESTRIAN RIDING BOOTS
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE LEATHER EQUESTRIAN RIDING BOOTS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
ENGLISH LEATHER RIDING BOOTS
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH LEATHER RIDING BOOTS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Rocky 2843 Lace Up Leather Logger Boots
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Rocky 2843 Lace Up Leather Logger Boots
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids
Tiny Shoe Figurines
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Tiny Shoe Figurines
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
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Roger Vivier NIB Crystal Tweed Cream Hiking Scout Boots 37 US 7 Silver Combat
Mar 28, 1:00 PM EDT
Roger Vivier NIB Crystal Tweed Cream Hiking Scout Boots 37 US 7 Silver Combat
by BougieHabit
Est: $570- $810
$5000 Bids
THREE PAIRS OF CHILDREN'S SHOES
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
THREE PAIRS OF CHILDREN'S SHOES
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shoes


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Ashcroft and Moore

Ashcroft and Moore