Shopping Guide in 1940’s vintage style shoes
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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1940’s Shoe Styles
Women’s shoes in the 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.
Vintage Style Heels
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 meager 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 women’s 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 at least 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 woman’s 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 !
Let’s finish off with a quick perusal of some mouth watering ladies shoes from our favorite purveyor of truly authentic vintage style shoes Royal Vintage !
Marilyn 1940’s Pumps by Royal Vintage
Sophisticated round toe pumps with original 1940’s heel will show off the curves of your legs.
Perfect for the hidden bombshell in you. Made from top quality leather.
Peggy 1940’s Spectator Pumps by Royal Vintage
Well ..these are truly quintessential 1940’s style shoes, made from all leather featuring a wingtip style in rich brown and white. They have a high vamp round toe and a genuine 1940’s Cuban heel. These beauties go with just about any vintage dress or skirt.
Nita 1940’s Ankle Strap Sandals by Royal Vintage
Comfortable stunning sandals for both day and evening wear. These are faithfully reproduced from original patterns
Dolores 1940’s Slingback Shoes by Royal Vintage
With sumptuous styling, adjustable straps and the cutest peep toes, these iconic 1940’s shoes named after Dolores del Rio are everything a vintage girl could ask for.
That’s all !