I have said it before, but I will repeat myself- dance shoes are the vintage woman’s friend. Suitable models that are comfortable even when they heels are high. Dance Store sells some really nice Aris Allen models and I want too many of them. Taking a more practical view to what I actually need, then my list says a pair of black pumps and a pair of brown walking shoes. They are not cheap and you have to add the cost of having the re-soled, but they are not overly expensive either. There are certainly more expensive reproduction shoes out there.
These 1930s Black & Silver Faux Ostrich Heeled Oxfords will probably be mine as soon as I have decided if I think the silver add too much bling or is just an interesting detail.
You can get them in white and black too.
Perhaps more practical are these 1940s Mary Jane Wingtips.
As for brown walking shoes I think the 1940s Brown Nubuck RugCutter Wedges fit the bill perfectly.
I would really love to have these velvet shoes because of the models, but I have heard that the velvet wear off much too quickly.
1940s Black Faux Suede 3 Buckle Heeled Dance Shoes.
1930’s Velvet Oxfords.