cork-sandalsFurther demonstrating that the entire world has gone, and continues to go, retro-crazy, the Sundance catalog arrived the other day with vintage style Kork-Ease cork sandals splashed all over the back cover. Oh, yes, I had these circa 1972 and wore them to death. I may just have to get a new pair of these classics. My only concern: Breaking my ankles in the 12 seconds it will take me to fall off them.

70s style cork sandalsThis adds to growing our retro vintage shoes collection:

  1. gsciencechick says:

    I was fortunate my mother worked part-time in a shoe store, so I had these and all the other retro goodness of the times like Chuck Taylors and Keds since she got a substantial discount. I may just have to get a pair for summer.

  2. JKaye says:

    The hairdo on that model is more of the Toni Tenille look, since it’s longer in the back than the DH ‘do. I wore that hairstyle, and everything else the model is wearing, during my mid-70s college years. Meanwhile, the guys all looked like Dan Ackroyd and Steve Martin as the wild and crazy guys. I like it that we put so much effort into our appearance, compared to students nowadays who look like they just rolled out of bed. But, all our efforts resulted in us looking like clowns! Oh well, it gives us something to laugh at when we look at old family photos. By the way, my cork wedgies were super comfortable, but the soles were not nearly as high as what the model is wearing.

  3. Pja2trees says:

    I think the girl’s hair in the picture looks more like a Farrah Fawcett flip-back!!
    I, too, had these shoes–not so much the higher ones on the model, but the exact ones underneath for the advertisement. I wore them with cuffed trousers…scrambling to find the pictures I know I have!!

  4. Becky Stancill says:

    I still have a pair from 73-74 with wooden platforms and royal blue leather uppers. I’m sure that I too would break the ankles if I tried to wear ’em again.

  5. juliet says:

    Last year I bought on etsy a vtg 80s/90s Nine West pair like the classic tan sandal.
    Anybody remember from the late 70s/early 80s the floral canvas wedge sandals you could buy at Woolworths? They didn’t last long but they were cheap so I always bought several pairs. Came in black too I think. Would love to find some now. They were so comfy.

  6. CarolK says:

    I had a pair of Kork-Ease sandals back in the 70s and a pair of Olafdaughters clogs, too. I don’t know what happened to either pair, but I’d like to still have them both. They were cool!

  7. julie mcfarland says:

    hi! yes, my girlfriend and I would go to Woolworth’s at the Crenshaw/ imperial plaza in Inglewood, ca. in the early seventies and buy these cuties for 3.99 or so. I bought quite a few, loved them. we called them “old lady shoes. we wore them with our $2 swap meet bought levis and peasant shirts and halter tops that we had sewn ourselves. I would love to find these once again!

  8. Juliet Gross says:

    I have never seen them vintage anywhere. Wish I did!
    Thanks for your reply, nice to know someone else remembers them 🙂
    Cheers,
    Juliet

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