History of Shoes of the 20th Century. And the best of them

The history of shoes is amazing. And for the women shoes it is much more noticeable than for men’s shoes. The evolution of the shoes was proportional to the length of the gowns &mdash shorter the skirts &mdash more important the shoes became. So did the women for the society. From which we can even consider shoes to be a symbol of woman’s social life.

Although shoes make a big part of woman’s social life, let’s talk about vintage history of shoes and leave the history of social life to the historians.

So in the beginning of the century ethics didn’t allow ladies to show their feet. That’s why shoes were only a necessary part of the dressing and had first to be functional. They were dark colours only and were designed to make feet dainty and narrow which was in fashion that time.

If your fashion guides are the old films you might notice the evolution of the shoes. Let’s review:


History of shoes &mdash 1920s

The 1920s celebrated youth and life after the dark war years. Fashion was no exception. It also became more daring after the woman were granted the right to vote and began to enter the workplace in large numbers. Shorter skirts, Chanel’s ‘borrowed from the boys‘ look. As woman started to play a bigger role so did their shoes! They became more important and decorative (shoes we are &mdash not decorative).

First Charles Jourdan’s vintage shoes appeared in 1920s. Charles Jourdan is a French fashion designer who is known best for his designs of women's shoes and who worked for Dior since 1950s. T-strapped shoes with a middle high hills and buckles became the icon of 1920’s. They are known now as Mary Jane. In addition to straps, shoes were decorated with buckles, bows and sequins. Mary Jane is an American term (formerly trademarked) for a kind of strap shoe or sandal that typically has low heels, broad and rounded closed toes, and a single-buckle strap across the instep and/or around the ankle.

Why do they actually call the shoes that particular name? Mary Jane was a name of a comic character created by Richard Outcault. She was the sister of the title character, Buster Brown.

In 1904, Outcault traveled to the St. Louis World's Fair and sold licenses to up to 200 companies to use the Buster Brown characters to advertise their products. Among them was the Brown Shoe Company, who later hired actors to tour the country, performing as the Buster Brown characters in theaters and stores. This strategy helped the Brown Shoe Company become the most prominently associated brand with the Buster Brown characters. The style of shoe both Buster Brown and Mary Jane wore came to be known by her name, Mary Jane.

There are a lot of other vintage shoes time from 1920 which are slightly different. Though they normally have this law to middle hill and slightly triangle toe.


History of shoes &mdash 1930s

The great depression began in America, radical politic movements Nazi Party rise to power in Germany, communism became popular. That’s how the 1930s began.

Maybe because women and men wanted to believe in fairytale, maybe because they were so desperate to make their lives glamourous and chic fashion reflected all their desires and shoes continued to evolve.

Women's shoes became more ladylike and women began to wear peep toe pumps, which showed just the tiniest bit of a woman's toenails. The vintage peep toe shoes became so popular in 2006 that the manufacturers started to produce the 30’s inspired peep toe shoes.

Also a remarkable event from the 1930s history of shoes is that Salvatore Ferragamo started to design his unique hand-made footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoe making gave birth to many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. If you are looking for one of the best vintage designer’s shoes, your choice more likely to be Salvadore Ferragamo shoes.


History of shoes &mdash 1940s and 1950s

1940s is a decade during and just after the World War II. Of course it couldn’t not reflect on the history of shoes, shoes for women were more practical and less indulgent. Heel lengths were actually restricted during the war to conserve materials. Often wooden soles were used to save the leather.

Stylish and practical heeled oxfords were popular.

By the 1940s, shows were chunkier and wedge heels were a standard. The thick, sturdy heels made walking easier and women felt a sense of freedom as fashion became less restricting. At the same time, however, Americans were rationing clothing items so functional shoes were also a result of the war. Perhaps to counter the sobering effects of war, women started to decorate their shoes with trinkets and bright colors.

After the war, fashion got fun again. The shoes of the 1950s are best represented by stiletto heels for ladies and dress up and saddle shoes for teeny boppers. Shoes truly started to become a form of self expression.

It was Salvatore Feragamo who invented the stiletto hills and turned the shoes fashion once forever. Vintage shoes of 1950s have not so high hills, but this classical perfect hill shape, that make 50s vintage shoes extremely glamorous.


History of shoes &mdash 1960s

1960s was a time of exploration and self expression. It was time of the many different political views, and it gave birth many different styles in fashion. Some women wore flat boots with skirts. Vintage flat boots and Go-Go boots are from1960s. Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," popularized Go-Go boots. Vintage shoes with chunky mod heels with buckles in patent leather were most likely made in 1960s. Vintage moccasins and colored moccasins are from 1960s

The increasingly common use of plastics for footwear in the 1960s allowed the designer free rein for whimsical interpretation.

Vintage shoes from the 1960s are very various and colourfull. In the 1960s, shoe designers began to experiment with new materials, especially synthetics and plastics. This shift was due in part to a steep rise in the price of leather, and also to changing notions of what constituted the “modern” look.

Designers embraced the new synthetic materials, which seemed ideally suited to clothing and footwear in the era of Space Age technology.

(Cardin’s boots combine geometric shapes with another feature not commonly seen in footwear prior to the 1960s, the zipper closure.)


History of shoes &mdash 1970s

1970s vintage shoes you can easily recognize: hippy look, disco style and huge platform! And all those descriptions concern both women’s and men’s vintage shoes from 70s decade.

The 1970s were a time of dramatic changes and turmoil. The Feminist movement and the Civil Rights movement were underway. The country was preoccupied with the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. Fashion, as a result, was extreme. The punk movement was influential, as were glam rockers like David Bowie and Elton John. At the same time, the hippie culture was popular too and Earth shoes and Birkenstocks were also in fashion. Many American women dressed conservatively in nondescript, low heeled pumps.

Although platform shoes have actually been around since ancient times when they appear in Greece and Rome, along with the disco fashions of the 1970s were incredible popularity of platform shoes.

Another influence of the 1970s was the launch of Nike. Running became popular and brand name running shoes entered the market. Of course it was the 1980s that really popularized the logo sneaker.


History of shoes &mdash 1980s

Fashion in the 1980s is probably best associated with the then popular television series Dynasty. Glitz, glamour and shoulder pads were popular. Shoes had bows, bright colors and status symbols all over them. The preppy look was also popular in the 1980s, and women inserted shiny pennies in their oxblood loafers. Jelly vintage shoes were definitely a 1980s shoe staple for women and girls! Vintage L.L bean Duck boots are from 1980s; girls even wore these boots with skirts. Marc Ecko footwear emerged in the early nineties and the sneakers were part of the hip hop footwear trend.

Both genders were known for sporting Doc Martens during the 80s.

All of the women's shoes in the 1900s have come back this century. The 1900s had a lasting impact on fashion and its influences can be seen on footwear today.

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