Almost exactly a month ago, one of my followers, Nancee, left a comment here in response to my blog post about making the Curvy Barbie High-low dress you see pictured above.
Nancee asked, “Where did you get the adorable strappy, yellow shoes in today’s picture? I bought a Yoga Barbie and she did not come with any footwear – not even socks. The shoes I see for sale are way too dramatic for my taste and do not go with outfits I am inclined to make. Help…please. Thanks.”
So today’s blog post answers the question, “Where can you buy cute doll shoes?” And especially, I’d like to answer the question, “Where can you get realistic-looking doll shoes?” Because let’s face it, there are NO human beings on this planet who go to work wearing these awful things:
Zoom in on that image. Can you see the pattern on those plastic shoes? It’s all scaly like a toad! Who, at Mattel, decided that Barbie would look fantastic in these? Because no. Just… NO.
So here’s the answer I gave to Nancee about buying doll shoes that a person might actually wear, in real life:
The strappy yellow shoes worn by my Curvy Barbie actually came on a Pink Pizzazz #30 Tall Barbie, but you can buy just about any type of Barbie shoes on eBay. Here’s a link to an eBay search for Barbie sandals.
The cool thing about buying Barbie shoes on eBay is the low price. For five bucks or so, you can buy just about any combination of shoes for Barbie dolls: Boots, flats, sandals, or a mix of many varieties of shoes for Barbies.
You can even buy shoes for the little 5-inch Chelsea dolls — or any other specific fashion doll. Here’s a tiny box of my own 5-inch doll shoes, for example, and people sell sets like this for next to nothing:
But as always, pay attention to shipping costs. People will sometimes jack up the shipping price beyond what it takes to actually ship them.
I should also mention that my friend, Dodi, has an eBay shop that specializes in really cool, NORMAL-looking shoes for Barbies that have a flat foot. Flat-footed Barbies’ shoes are super hard to find, but Dodi has a niche there, as she owns lots of sets of still-in-the-package “little extras” with these really cool, realistic shoes in them.
Here are some flat-footed Barbie shoes that I bought from Dodi, so you can see that these shoes are truly realistic:
Flats, slip-ons, and Mary Janes — it doesn’t get more realistic than that. I mean, these are shoes that Barbie can wear to work, whether she’s a barista, a teacher, the CEO of a major corporation, a waitress, a scientist, or even a nurse. Would people working in any of those realistic jobs be caught dead in the toad shoes? I think not!
Please note that these “flat-footed Barbie” shoes don’t fit the beach Barbies from the early 2000’s. They don’t fit modern Fashionistas with flat feet either. They DO fit the rarer flat-footed Barbies from the 1990’s. sometimes referred to as “posable Barbie dolls.” Here’s what their feet look like:
I did find, in my “Shoe Swap” unboxing video (after buying shoes from Dodi), that the Spin Master Liv dolls can actually wear the flat-footed Barbie shoes from the 1990’s (made for the doll with feet shown above). So that was pretty exciting because I have quite a few Liv dolls too.
In fact the Chelly Wood doll is a Liv doll. See my little white Mary Janes in the unboxing image below? Those are a pair of the flat-footed Barbie shoes that I bought from Dodi.
Dodi’s shop is called Barbie1959Pink, and she’s an honest seller with very fair prices for her hard-to-find Barbie shoes!
Another doll that has a lot of wonderful normal-looking shoes is Mattel’s Creatable World, but I’ve said enough in this blog post. We’ll have to save the topic of Creatable World shoes for another day.
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7 thoughts on “Where to Buy CUTE Doll Shoes #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns”
WOW. Thank you once again for your post and the wonderful mention of my eBay link. You are most kind. I do hope people utilize your free patterns and for those who sew enroll in you spark classes. I do have a wide variety of fashion doll shoes new and used (great condition) to help with the new outfits they can make. Keep up the great patterns and lessons. You’re a doll. 😉
One of these days, we ought to go out for lunch again and talk dolls! I love promoting your eBay store because it truly is one of a kind.
Yes sounds like fun. Pick a place and let me know when your available.
Hi Chelly… I was delighted to see today’s blog post in reply to my previous question on sensible shoes. Thanks – for spelling my name correctly – and the valuable information supplied. I have been to Dodie’s store and found many likable things. I especially like the picture you posted today of flats and slip ons. Will they, along with flat shoes fit my MTM Barbie? Her foot is not flat flat but not highly arched for stilettos either. I was excited to find 2 pairs of white sneakers. They give Barbie a more complete, sporty look. I’ve also found 2 pairs of sensible pumps – 1 white and 1 purple. Recently I bought a “little extras” package at my local Walmart store mainly because I was interested in the black work boots it contained. Although it was a Mattel/Barbie product, they were way too small. The hunt continues 🙂 Meanwhile I have been experimenting with making some simple slippers and sandals. Keep up the good work posting info, videos and patterns.
In answer to your question: “I especially like the picture you posted today of flats and slip ons. Will they, along with flat shoes fit my MTM Barbie?”
Probably not. They’re a little too big for my flat-footed Made-to-Move Barbies. They fit an older flat-footed Barbie that wasn’t quite as articulated as the Made-to-Moves, and as I said in the article, these were called “posable Barbie dolls.”
And they also fit Spin Master Liv dolls.
But you can message Dodi to see what she has available.
Hi there. If you go to my store on eBay. I have smaller flat foot shoes as well and if you sent me a photo via a eBay messaging of your dolls foot on or by a ruler I can verify the size and see what I have.
Thanks for your help Dodi. I’ll work on getting a picture to you.