It’s no secret we all love shoes — but a recent auction shows just how much people love vintage shoes. A collection of more than 330 pairs of vintage shoes was recently auctioned at England’s Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Etwall, Derbyshire, fetching more than $4,290 in total.
The archival men’s and women’s shoes were donated by a mystery seller in Mansfield. The collection included styles made exclusively for American stores, including lizard peep-toe shoes from the 1950s (others dated back to the 1930s).
They were auctioned off in pairs of eight, and attracted interest from both private buyers and dealers.
“I had never before seen such an extensive, eclectic collection,” said Notty Hornblower, the auction showroom’s fashion and textiles ambassador, to the Nottingham Post. “Some of the styles are now being reproduced, so it was a great opportunity to acquire real, original examples.”
This isn’t the first time shoes have amassed pricey auction sales (sneakers, specifically, tend to perform well). Last April, a pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn Nike Air Ship sneakers were auctioned for a cool $71,554.