Well, for me, the shoe never fits. It's a shame, actually. There are some amazing vintage shoes around, but you basically have to be a size 6 or 7. I'm a size 8.5 (an 8 on a good day depending on the style of the shoe). I'm convinced women in decades past had petite feet.
Way back in college, I learned that women on average have bigger feet than I thought. The owner of a locally run boutique there said she had to stock more size 10s than anything else. I was shocked! It does make me wonder, though. Is the shortage of vintage shoes in my size a result of fewer of those sizes remaining after all these years? Or, have our feet been getting bigger on average over the years?
In any case, what it really means for me is that when I do find some vintage shoes in my size (either at estate sales, thrift shops or vintage boutiques), I almost always buy them on sight. One summer, I lucked out and found three pairs of great flats from the 80s shoes in my size in one spot. Needless to say, I didn't have to do much thinking on those. I bought two of the three at four dollars each (another reason not to hesitate).
My current obsession is to thrift a pair of these Chanel two toned slingbacks.
A girl can dream, right?