I was on the fence about ordering these, because suede is a little harder to maintain than smooth leather and I don’t wear brown a ton, but I had decided to consign my older pair of brown shoes from Royal Vintage because slingbacks and I aren’t friends so I figured it would be good to have something available.
I’m really glad I decided to spring for these as I think they’re the sleeper hit of the collection for me. They were incredibly comfortable right out of the box, the openwork and lacing gives the upper plenty of flexibility. The heels are a great height and well balanced, which is one of Royal Vintage’s hallmarks. I like them so much that I almost wish these had been available in forest green—nothing against the Greta but these ended up being really really excellent. If you asked me to find fault with them, the one thing I might do differently is the lacing—I’m not the biggest fan of round lacing in a shoe like this, and I might end up swapping it out for narrow flat waxed lacing in a darker brown—but honestly that’s a pretty minor style choice in a shoe I otherwise love.
Brown shoes are also perfect for pairing with a new addition to my scenic novelty print collection (a pink-and-blue countryside scene) and a buttery soft cashmere sweater that I haven’t worn nearly enough just because it’s brown.
Since it’s finally cool enough to want to wear extra layers, I wore my blue faux seamed stockings from What Katie Did to help bring the colors of my outfit together.
Brown felt hat with ruffled border: Purchased from @flashbacksummer on instagram
Blue leaf brooch and earring set: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Brown cashmere sweater: Concetta’s Closet
Blue narrow belt: borrowed from a dress I own
Pink, blue, and brown scenic novelty skirt: Cheshire Vintage on Etsy
Blue seamed stockings: Colored Seamed Stockings from What Katie Did
Brown suede 40s reproduction cutout oxfords: Royal Vintage Shoes “Alice” oxfords in Nutmeg