Shoes and Stockings for a new Silhouette in 1948
Shoes and stockings 1948. For the first time in 10 years, skirts are so long and full that women can no longer draw attention to their legs by just having them. A host of new shoes and colorful stockings have met the challenge. All designed to be eye catchers for those 12 inches of leg still in view.
Colorful stockings and shoes
The novelty this year in stockings will be color. Pinks, yellows, greens and blues, in addition to the usual tan and black. These stockings appear garish until blended with flesh tones. They then produce attractive pastel shades.
Shoes in 1948 are being made in bright colors and in new fabrics, combined for a two-toned, spat like effect. The shoes below are going to be popular after a decade long single tone in 1940s ladies footwear.
High Button Shoes 1948
The chief change in shoes, however, is in shape and construction. To show off the ankle, there are intricate designs for ankle straps like the high-button shoes shown below.
V-Throat Court Shoes 1948
What is revolutionary is the new trend aimed at making the female foot appear long and slender. The 1920’s style “Louis” heel has returned, along with soft pointed toes.
The rounded pump-cut vamp has been discarded for a v-shaped opening which lengthens the instep as in the new shoe style for 1948 below.
On the way out, now that skirts are so low again, are such old standbys as platform shoes, open heels and toes. They make the feet appear to wide with the new post war lower skirt hems.
Now that there’s less leg – the aim is to display more of a shapely foot and ankle as with these beautiful 1948 pumps above..
That’s all !
Transcription©Glamour Daze 2019
Originally printed in Life Magazine 1948
Color photos of shoes and stockings by Gjon Mili
Black & White photos of shoes by Nina Leen
All Imagery ©Time Inc