Family Inherits Old Shoe Store: Finds Time Machine

There’s an old joke that goes… A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. “How do they feel?” asks the sales clerk. “Well they feel a bit tight,” replies the man.  The assistant promptly bends down and has a look at the shoes and at the man’s feet. “Try pulling the tongue out,” the clerk says.  “Well, theyth sthill feelth a bith tighth.” :)

vintage women's shoeSo imagine that your family inherits an old building from a deceased relative, and you get to take a peek inside for the first time.  An American family recently incurred that very scenario and to their surprise the building was an old shoe store that had been closed up for decades.  Inside they found… well… shoes! Lot’s of vintage shoes among other items!


Reddit user oktober75 posted his photos to a popular sharing site for all to see. Turns out this old building is a bit of a time machine.  The shoe store operated in the 1940’s only to close up shop in the 1960’s because of an illness in the family.  Except for the expected dust, everything seems to be in tip top shape, from floor to ceiling.  Here’s what october75 says about the find:

Photos of our first look inside an old shoe store owned by my family. The store was open from the 40’s through the 60’s from what I recall. The store closed up when my great grandmother fell ill. She ran the store as long as she could until she passed away. They closed shop and it remained this way for over 40 years, mostly untouched. EDIT: Spoke with my mother, it was my great grandmother on my maternal side, not my great aunt. – october75/Imgur

Here’s a look at some of our favorites!

Family Inherits Old Shoe Store

family inherits old shoe store

Vintage shoes from floor to ceiling!

family inherits old shoe store

Old heater probably used to keep patrons (and staff) warm while they visited.

family inherits old shoe store

Old shoes and display stands.

vintage old shoe

Beautiful vintage woman’s shoe would be fashionable today.

vintage men's shoes found in old shoe store

These men’s “stride steppers” would do the trick today.

Vintage shoe boxes from inherited shoe store

I’ll bet even the boxes are collector’s items!

After an “overwhelming response” to his initial round of pictures, october75 asked his grandmother if he could re-enter the building to take some more pictures.  She agreed, and he was able to take some more, and poke around a bit more.  In addition to MORE shoes, he found an old Victrola Credenza Talking Machine, and some other pieces of furniture.  Here’s more from round 2:

Vintage shoe stand

An old shoe stand for displaying shoes or working on them

Vintage woman's "Red Shank" shoes

Stylish for the time – A woman’s “Red Shank” shoe.

Vintage steamer chest

Looks like an old chest or “steamer chest”. Let’s see what’s inside!

Inside antique steamer chest

Inside the steamer chest: A few interesting items, but nothing crazy cool.

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Here is the Victrola with the top open

Special thanks Reddit user october75 for sharing his special finds with us.  Here’s hoping the family is able to find many more treasures while they go through the rest of the building!

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