A Guide to Buying Vintage Shoes From 1920s

As hemlines began to rise above the ankle and then above the knee, women started to pay more attention to their footwear than they ever did in the past. Till then long flowing silhouettes of silk kept the shoe a secret affair that only the wearer would know. Now clothes were designed keeping in mind the popular fashion in footwear as well. Here is what the woman of the 20s epoch turned to when it was time to put their foot in.

Heels: Louis heels were common in daywear shoes. These were around 2 inches high and were slightly curved. They were also known as tango or Spanish heels. Heels of 1 inch were commonly found in walking shoe. Rubber heels and soles were also added to the walking shoes for more comfort but leather soles remained the standard style. Oxford shoes came with military heels of 1 ¾ inch.

Toes: Shoes in the 20s epoch mostly had pointed toes in the beginning. This was followed by Edwardian style and then rounded toes. However, by the late 20s square toes became increasingly popular.

Material: While the outdoor shoes were commonly made of goat, lizard and calf skin, the indoor shoes were made of satin or brocade. Some of them were also made up of lamb skin. Muted shades and shiny leather were also extremely popular among outdoor shoes. Garbedine or canvas was chosen to produce sports shoes.

Colors: Black, brown, grey and beige were popular colors for outdoor shoes. Fashion connoisseurs chose more bold colors like red, orange and blue. These colors were also mixed and matched to give a trendier look. For example, red shoe with blue heels or vice versa.

Buckles: Buckles and buttons had precious stones and metal sequins. Button covers were also used to add pizzazz and elegance to the shoes and make them look attractive.

Straps: Strap shoes were common in the 1920s. Single straps across the vamp, double straps in a crisscross pattern or the T bar straps were all extremely popular. The straps were very thin and sometimes ribbons were used in place of straps. Cutouts in the straps and shoe made them look more elegant.

Women had different shoes for indoors, walking outdoors, dancing and sports shoes. Just like buying vintage clothes or Vintage Jumpsuits, buying vintage shoe can be tricky. So make sure you choose carefully and correctly before you invest into just anything to satisfy your fetish for vintage shoes.

The author of this article recommends buying Vintage Shoes and accessories from Morphew.