‘Shoes’ Category

50’s Men’s Shoes

Monday, August 10th, 2009


To go with along with their conservative clothes, men wore conservative shoes. No surprise there. Black and white converse tennis shoes, two toned suede or white bucks.
Don’t forget the standard oxfords. The Teddy Boys wore suede shoes with thick soles called “brothel creepers,” worn with vivid Day-Glo colored socks. How shocking.

50s Shoes

Monday, August 10th, 2009


Stiletto Heeled Pointed Toe 1950’s Shoes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By the mid 1950s pointed toe shoes called winkle pickers with stiletto heels up to 5 inches were a common sight. There is no doubt that the trademark of the fifties was the stiletto heeled shoe, first seen in 1952 at a Dior fashion show.
Many a floor was ruined by stilettos from shoes and umbrellas. The main problem was caused by the stilettos being metal tipped as still somewhat economy conscious after the war British wearers preferred the longer life of steel than rubber tips, despite the click clacking irritating noise they made.

So stilettos became banned in many buildings and remain banned in National Trust properties and stately homes. So take your spare flat shoes if visiting such places, as the stiletto sandals and shoes of 2005 often bear a very similar look to 50’s footwear.

Early 1950’s Shoes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Early 1950’s shoes were often very high, but with rounded or peep toes and low cut front uppers and sometimes had sturdy Cuban heels. Strapped sandals with finer heels were popular as were heavier thicker heels for lower shoes, but by the mid fifties kitten heels and metal tipped steel stiletto heels replaced styles that owed more to designs that had been brought out to compliment the New look of 1947.


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