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Decades designs shoes for Modern Vintage

March 14, 2012 |  3:30 pm

1950s shoeDecades, the popular Los Angeles vintage boutique owned by Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, is taking a step into the shoe design arena. The duo created four styles of footwear each fittingly inspired by a 1960s shoe different decade for Canadian footwear company Modern Vintage.

There is a '50s shoe with a dainty pointed toe and curved heel, a '60s shoe that is based on a color-blocked mod flat (but modified with a T-bar and stiletto heel), a '70s shoe with a cork platform sole and woven leather straps and a chunky '80s-inspired pair with a thick wedge heel, sling back strap and lighting-bolt-looking leather inserts that feel reminiscent of the glam rock of the era.

“The challenge was to distill the essence of each decade,” says Silver, adding that they were conscious of making each style indicative of the era being represented, while also keeping them modern and relevant to today’s fashion. “This was a lesson in accessibility and still being stylish.”

1970s shoeGuests and shoppers who attended the collection’s launch party Tuesday night at Decades seemed to like what they saw. Many of them purchasing a couple pairs (the shoes range from $250 to $300) on their way out of the store. Models showed off the footwear while also wearing vintage clothing by Biba. And celebs like Lisa 1980s shoes Rinna and Ashley Madekwe showed up wearing styles from the collaboration. Rinna made the '80s wedges work rather well, pairing them with a very '40s-inspired brown and white printed dress, proving that everything old really is new again.

The Decades for Modern Vintage shoe collection is available exclusively on Gilt.com and Decades L.A boutique.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Decades for Modern Vintage 1950s shoe, top left, 1960s, top right, 1970s, bottom left, and 1980s, bottom right. Credit: Courtesy of Decades

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