This is an absolutely gorgeous pair of custom made black patent leather shoes. The label inside is “Shoes by Van Arden New York”. They have a peep hole over toe front in the center of the ornamentation. I think they could be dancing shoes because there is a very small metal tip under the toe. (NOT big metal tip like tap shoes - see picture) The outside is beautiful patent leather and the inside is lined with soft white smooth leather on the front two-thirds and soft rough leather on the heal area. The bottom of the shoe has a one-piece leather sole. They have a plastic cap on the heel. The following numbers are hand written on the inside. (7 SS, 723026, 10513). The lovely decoration on top is made of beads and a dense ribbon-like fabric.
These shoes are an estate sale find. They are absolutely gorgeous and in excellent condition. Very clean inside and out. No scratches. Patent leather on heels is in excellent condition. (Note on the pic of the back of the heels it looks brownish in spots - that is a reflection - there are no scuff marks.)
If you have small feet, these are your dream shoes!!! I call them my Tiny Dancer shoes.
Insole: 9.5" (inside heel to toe.)
~Ball of foot: 2.75" (widest point, inside of shoe)
~Heel width: 1.75" (widest point, inside of shoe)
~Heel Height: 2.5"
~Volume or vamp: 4.5"
(VOLUME: Using a flexible tape measure or piece of string, on one of your best fitting, similarly styled shoes, measure, with your foot in the shoe(on the outside), from the welt stitch (where the sole is sewn to or attaches to the upper part of the shoe) on one side, up over the top of the foot to the opposite side at the welt stitch or attachment point of the sole to the upper. This measurement gives an idea of the “Volume” of your foot and the true size
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