Vintage inspiration: Art deco-style shoes

Apr 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Downton Abbey has sparked a phenomenon. This series, set in the early 1900s, has brought us into the era of cloche hats, pearl strands and feathered flappers. This spring, the Roaring '20s will come to the big screen in The Great Gatsby movie.

Twenties and thirties fashion has been popping up all over the place — finger waves, bold jewelry and even fancy footwear. These modern shoe designs clearly take their cue from the era of Art Deco.


Nicolas Kirkwood suede ankle boots

The inspiration: Lace-up oxfords were a style staple, evolving from pointy-toed leather boots to taller heels with lots of details and different textures.

These Nicolas Kirkwood suede ankle boots give the look an update with a sleek heel.

Buckle up

Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi satin pumps

The inspiration: The Art Deco period was all about chunky jewelry with geometric shapes. Silk and satin shoes were favored for dances and dressy occasions. These shoes are blinged out with a large buckle.

Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi satin pumps feature a large Art Deco buckle.

Strapped in

Bottega Veneta Black Patent Leather Lace T-Strap Pumps

The inspiration: T-strap shoes were the height of fashion. They were prominent in both day and evening shoes, with satin styles for formal and bridal wear.

These Bottega Veneta black patent leather lace T-strap pumps have a delicate and classic design.

Cut it out

Needlelace T-straps

The inspiration: Cutwork designs were another hallmark of beautifully crafted shoes. It gave leather and suede a lacy effect.

Anthropologie gives a nod to vintage style with needlelace T-straps, a suede cut-out shoe that comes in a pretty sage color or a bold mustard yellow.

Curves in all the right places

The inspiration: The curved heel was big in the '20s, as was perforated leather and multiple buckled straps.

Earthies Essex gives you a super comfortable shoe in a style that Lady Grantham would approve of. The double straps can be worn straight or crisscrossed.

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