Tops for dating vintage shoes

Brooks’ vintage and retro shoes pay homage to some of the earlier designs from the 1970s.

Close examination of sleeves and collars can provide valuable information.

Other things to look for on women are the presence and size of a bustle and the fullness of the skirt.

Besides, they always said, "The first thing a woman notices about a man is his SHOES".

We live in the "sneaker age" (where a man can actually go on a First Date in... ), so I believe having fine footwear is more important today than ever before.

Well, more accurately, I am addicted to High-End Men's Style.

Not only do they have to LOOK good, but they also have to FEEL good.

It’s natural to arrive a little nervous to a speed dating event, particularly if you have never been speed dating before and don’t know what to expect.

Trust me, after the first speeddate or two (and after the first drink or two!

If you've never felt 1930s silk velvet, you are missing something that feels almost as soft as chinchilla. The dress is sleeveless and has a slight Grecian feel with the open bust at front and large armholes The skirt are beaded panels over the plain silk lining It's a FABULOUS RUBY COLOR, but I can't seem to get my camera to color correct for this red. Measures: up to 40' bust, but these are meant to be worn large, so best for mannequin size of 35/36" bust. This is a tiny size bodice, however, there are pleats in the bodice, so.... here was have a slim-fitted 1930's gorgeous color ruby silk velvet coat with long sleeves. even though it needs to be reshaped as you can see from the photos. Love the other details like the ruching on the skirt sides, upper skirt and wide cuffs, the puffy sleeves, and the pigeon shape bodice front.

Also, if you haven't seen 1930s silk velvet, you will be amazed at the sheen you will get from the light hitting it... This was a simple day dress worn by a practical women. if you are a great seamstress, you could probably figure out how to increase the size of this piece. Measures: 32" bust, but tiny 10" across back, 26-29" waist skirt, 40" long skirt (with 4" hem). I'd love to say it's in perfect condition, but the velvet has some crushing seen under certain lights in various areas. The only issues are tiny, like an ink mark on the mid-seam back of the skirt (a good drycleaner should be able to remove), the shredding of the silk at the inside hem of only one of the 4 layers (hardly worth mentioning as it can be removed if you want), wear at the skirt waist (not seen when worn), and only the MOST minor tiny other spots on skirt. Measures: 29" bust, 22" waist, 41" long from shoulder to hem in front, 70" long in back. This one is a basic silk jacket of the Gibson Girl era with that fabulous wide large collar front and back.

One of the best dating tips I give guests is to avoid talking about work too much at singles nights. Although it’s nice to hear what people do to get a sort of background picture, don’t spend your precious 4 minute speeddate explaining how you’ve just taken on a new really complex finance modeling system which is bound to boggle and bore your date.