You may have already decided what color you wish in your retro or vintage style 1940s shoes and whether you need them for general wear, dress wear or sports. But as shoes of any genre differ in so many ways, you may wish to discover the key styles before you go shopping for that all important 1940’s fashion item !
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Most women think of the classic Mary Jane style shoe, but there’s a wealth of interesting names that no vintage fashionista should go without knowing!
Women’s shoes in the 1930’s and 1940’s were classified as oxfords, pumps, sandals, and boots ( high shoes).
1940’s Oxfords were sturdy and desirable for general-purpose wear because they gave support to the arches and ankles.
Military oxfords were especially popular and serviceable.
Dress oxfords, commonly called ties, were used for dress occasions
1940’s Pumps appeared lighter in weight and provided less support than oxfords: many were suitable for wear on dress occasions and for shorter periods of time.
1940’s Sandals could appear light or heavy and be worn for sports or evening, depending upon the styling and the materials.
Heels were increasingly popular among women through the 1930’s and 1940’s and had various names to indicate their height and shape and to describe the material they were made from. For example, there were military heels, low and broad:
Cuban heels, medium in height and less broad than military heels:
Continental heels (thin cuban); high Cuban or French.
Some heels were made of leather and others of wood, but covered in leather ( more common in the more meagre dress code days of the second world war ).
A flat heel was very common, being the most practical, for home, school, or work.
The toes of womens shoes in 1940’s fashion were round or square, boxed or soft, open or closed.
The type of shoe you wore made a big difference in how tall you looked or atleast how long your legs appeared.
Shoes with broad instep straps made legs look shorter; low cut oxfords and pumps without ankle straps made legs look longer !
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Just to finish off, I’ll bet you never heard of a Fluoroscope !
Shoe Fitting was a science those days, as were many aspects of a womans look.
The Fluoroscope for shoe fitting was seen in all shoe stores in the 1940’s. It consisted of a vertical wooden cabinet with a hole into which you placed your feet. When you looked through one of the three viewing ports you would see a fluorescent image of the bones of the feet and the outline of the shoes !
Also found this on Modern Mechanic – which highlights a shoe breaking in service for women. Now that’s service with an ouch !
Drool over the glamorous selection of vintage retro style shoes. Here’s just a few. They sell fast – so always check back with them. Click on shoe images to see the full and constantly updating selection at Modcloth.
The Best of Times Heel.
These beloved vintage-inspired, mid-height heels affix with a lace-up Mary Jane front and feature decorative details in the topline and cutout piping, white double stitching, and dotted perforations along the navy-hued faux-leather toe and heel.
Hot for Hemlock Heel in Crimson
With its alternating smooth and perforated leather upper, coy cutouts at the heel and around the peep toe, and sophisticated T-strap cut, this heel won’t lose its appeal as the year progresses.
Dance Instead of Walking Heel in Blue
These mid-heel shoes have the tendency to groove, too, so lace ‘em up under your A-line skirt and sheer polka dotted blouse, and start to swing in their snazzy, blue vegan faux leather. Their Oxford perforations and grosgrain laces will look classy and jazzy on the dance floor you create out of every surface!
Vintage Perfect Tenure Heel.
Your peers can’t resist studying your sophisticated style after you add one of these refined, retro pieces to your wardrobe or room.
Happy shopping !