These shoes belonged to my grandmother. They were purchased to wear to a wedding. They are a ladies' size 4 1/2. The shoes were worn with a silk taffeta dress in matching emerald green; details included fabric covered buttons & belt, velvet hat with net veil, gloves, & corsage (mother of the groom). Granny had red hair, so green would've been an ideal color for her. She presented a tasteful if matronly appearance.
Most modern seamstresses use duct tape, but I; ever the purist, (+ in an apparent thrifty happenstance I acquired a big fat roll of brown paper packing tape for .50 not too long ago at my nearby shoppe) need to experience the real thing.
See Lanetz Living, a vintage sewing pattern site - over 7000 patterns searchable according to type, decade, pattern company, bust size, or holiday. Of course I only looked at a fraction of what is available, but patterns seem to average between $4 & $6 - quite reasonable.