About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Capezio: the show stoppers

It is such a shame that the wonderful, wearable styles of 1960s and 1970s shoes are not made today. I love all the colors, shapes and attention to comfort (roomy toe-box and 1 to 2-inch heels) that styles from this period have. My fantasy is to start a company that reproduces these styles in vegan materials.

Photo credit: Green Shoes's Facebook page (click pic for link)Step one of my plan for world shoe domination (maybe it’s just me who thinks millions will clamor for these styles) is to learn how to make shoes myself. As I found out last year from Norma’s blog, a handmade shoe company in Devon, UK, whose range of vegan shoes I’ve always admired, offers shoemaking workshops. The photo above shows the results from one of Green Shoes' workshops.

As a celebration of vintage shoe styles, my goal is to post images of vintage shoes each week. This way I’ll be ready and have all the images in one place when I have my shoe company.

Capezio show ad from Seventeen magazine, March 1971 The shapes! The colors! The brightly hued tights!

I was trying to pick my favorite here, but it's hard. I want them all. If I had to pick, I’d say the ‘Shepherd’ and the ‘Woodstock’ (which are similar). Which is your favorite?

Reader Comments (5)

Ooooo, Shepherd, Crybaby AND Woodstock!!!
They're all pretty awesome!
I reckon I'll be signing up to become a customer when you have your own company, given what great taste you have!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

Pick just one?! Probably Anklet because I like sandals, but Shepherd looks pretty great, too.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Jo, you crack me up! I love this brand, especially the Crybaby. I thought about taking a shoemaking class at a local community college back in 2006 but laziness took over, that and cheap shoes.
Remember Famolare?? with the wavy bottom crepe sole and the stitched seam around the toe box. Every non-cheerleader's favorite shoe. And the 70's clogs?? Ahhh, 70's shoes were the best for the very reasons you mentioned.
Where were you living in the mid to late 70's? Do you remember a store called Wild Pair? It was in a few malls here and there. They had the best shoes. Much better than Thom Mcan! haha, I could go on.......

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Oh please dominate the world with your shoes, Jo, especially if they look like these fabulous 70s creations! Aren't they wonderful? Luv, Shepherd and Woodstock please. But I would be happy with any of them! xxxx

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I'd go for Shepherd & Luv but it was a hard choice. Lovely shoes - I'll be drooling over them when you get going! xx

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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