The Northampton Museums & Art Gallery has a fantastic collection of shoes and boots. Here are eight iconic vintage shoes from across the decades from their extensive archive.

1) Beaded Bar Shoe. Sold by Harrods 1920s.
Red satin, bead embroidered bar shoe. Pointed toe. 2.6 inch embroidered louis heel. Bar to button over instep. Embroidered with red sequins and black and white beads. White kid lining and sock stamped: for Harrods Ltd. Sole stamped: Made in France. Right foot. Made in about 1925

2) Metallic Leather Mule. Rayne, 1953
Pair of high heeled mules. Clear plastic, peep toe, vamp decorated with a peacock green metallic leather bow and circular buckle of blue, yellow, red and green cut glass gems. Green metallic rand and covered heel. Leather Spring-O-Later insole stamped in gold: By Appointment Rayne. Cemented. Narrow Louis heel with top piece. Leather sole.

3)  Court shoes. Christian Dior, early 1960s.

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