a Vintage Sole began with a love of shoes. From there it grew into a bit of an obsession. I searched high and low for authentic vintage shoes. One pair became two. Two pairs became four. Four pairs became eight until I had so many shoes I had to pass them on to you.
My education in Art History, Fine Arts, and Fashion have culminated here in a Vintage Sole with vintage shoes that are art objects in their own right but are wearable fashion pieces as well. I am no stranger to the world of shoes having grown up in a shoe family and am now a fifth generation shoe retailer. My family’s retail shoe store, S. J. Brouwer Shoe Company, cultivated my love for shoes at a very early age. The shoe store also instilled in me that comfort and function do not mean a woman has to compromise her fashion sensibilities. Vintage shoes bridge the gap perfectly with their keen attention to detail.
Growing up in the Midwest, I also loved the thrill of spending weekends driving around the many small towns filled with antique shops hiding vintage gems. Have you ever been to a garage sale, second-hand store, or antique shop and found something that was so amazing you had to get it even though it wasn’t quite right for you? When you picked it up you thought, “My friend would love this!” That’s how I feel. I know you’ll love what I’ve found for you. Who wouldn’t love an authentic pair of gorgeous, vintage shoes?
The shoes I sell have never been worn! It’s time they had their moment in the spotlight because they are too beautiful to stay boxed up forever. a Vintage Sole offers footwear in limited quantities that enables your shoes to be as unique as you are. We celebrate individuality and flair.
Love for great shoes is a passion to share. From me and the rest of the staff of a Vintage Sole, we hope you truly enjoy your shoes!
with joy –
Pictured is my great grandfather sitting on the steps of my great, great grandfather’s 1880 shoe store.