Sometimes things come home with me that really probably ought not to. Prime example fit for New Year’s Eve? These shoes. Not my size (these are 7.5), but vintage gold heels made in Minneapolis? They can sit on my shelf next to my grandmother’s wedding shoes for a few months before moving along.
These leather heels/sandals were made by C.M. Stendal “The Shoeist” of Minneapolis and are in very wearable condition. As is perhaps becoming obvious, I tend to see possessions-in-the-Age-of-the-Internet as little windows into the complexities of the world (yes, basically this means I’m my own elementary school teacher turning every experience into an “educational moment!”). Sometimes it’s like the rock I was trying to identify from Duluth and I spiral into casual reading on broader topics. Other times, as with an old rug, I end up wrapped in that lovely cocoon of the early stages of learning about a specialized field, when everything is new and all the terminology is wonderfully precise and unfamiliar and the world that’s opened up is unbelievably fascinating and vast. When that happens, I really don’t get why everyone wants to talk about something other than warp threads and KPI and factory vs village rugs and graphic choices and wool production and trade routes. Seriously, people?!
In the case of these shoes, I stayed afloat, skimming the surface of the internet and ended up down a newer-to-me route: where I think I may’ve found the history of this exact item. This blog entry was one of the few results in my googling. No photo, but the description fits. She’s local, she frequents thrift stores (including donating), and she wears 7.5 shoes. Given that CM Stendal was a local shoe brand and the size is rather common (though sadly not among my potentially-gold-shoe-wearing friends–there go my dreams of vicarious living!), there’s a chance that this is a coincidence, but I like to think that the internet is just becoming so vast that a person can walk in to their local thrift store, pick up a pair of too-big gold sandals and with no more than a ten minute search, find a previous owner. But where were they between the 1940s? and 2011?
Sarah Barker of Saint Paul, let me know if you want your shoes back!