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Shoe Clips

Extract from Style Me Vintage: Accessories • By Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza • Published by Pavilion


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Style Me Vintage: Accessories
Removable clips, buckles, rosettes and other adornments have long been used to embellish shoes. This trend died down in the 1980s, but a number of modern makers and creators are resurrecting this idea.
A pair of simple court shoes can be transformed to match any outfit by adding clips. Try these ideas:
• Source a vintage pair of clips.
• Buy newly-made ones (the shoe company Van Dal still produce them) or many Etsy sellers now supply them online.
• Make your own. This can be achieved by purchasing the studded clips and adding any decoration you wish, from pom poms to fans. Glue or sew them on firmly.
• Recycle old brooches or lightweight clip-on earrings with a sturdy clasp.

Posted by Anova Published See Anova's 60 projects » © 2020 Naomi Thompson / Pavilion · Reproduced with permission. · Style Me Vintage: Accessories by Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza is published by Pavilion. Photographs by Brent Darby.

You Will Need

  • How to make a shoe clip. Shoe Clips - Step 1
    Step 1

    A 1950s fruit-covered novelty box bag and modern Miss L Fire wedges, adorned with strawberries, which have more than a flavour of 40s and 50s shoes.

  • How to make a shoe clip. Shoe Clips - Step 2
    Step 2

    A selection of shoe clips and vintage earrings, all of which can be used to transform plain court shoes.

  • How to make a shoe clip. Shoe Clips - Step 3
    Step 3

    Plain black suede 1950s court shoes accessorised with rare “apple juice” Bakelite bow-shaped shoe clips from the 1930s.

  • How to make a shoe clip. Shoe Clips - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cardigan or ‘sweater’ clips are a nifty 50s invention for securing your knitwear neatly around your shoulders. They are formed by two clip fastenings, generally quite ornate, linked with a chain. The clips can be attached to the top corners or edges of a cardigan turning the garment into a ‘cape’, meaning the shoulders and back can be covered whilst arms are exposed. This look works particularly well with a pencil skirt and blouse and evokes the elegant style of the 1950s. It’s also a good way to show off armfuls of bangles.

  • How to make a shoe clip. Shoe Clips - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cardigan clips are my favourite forgotten accessory. They add a touch of unrivalled chic to an outfit and always attract compliments. Original ones are fairly rare these days, but like shoe clips, the lesser- spotted cardigan clip has seen a huge resurgence in popularity, especially amongst the craft crowd. Like shoe clips they can be fashioned using a pair of (strong) clip-on earrings: simply attach a chain between the two and clip on. Other alternatives include using pins, or attaching clips to buttons or bows. For heavier garments, two secure brooches work best. Smaller versions can also be attached to collars to be worn instead of a necklace. This last look can also be achieved by stitching buttons to your collar, as demonstrated in the picture here, or by attaching metal collar tips.

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