Women’s Vintage Shoes – 1940’s

Because of the war in the early 1940’s, shoes became very difficult and expensive to buy. The result were shoes that have become classic. Simple, sturdy, and affordable.

1. Mary Jane. Low heeled Mary Jane style shoes were a staple. A single strap across the foot and chunky heel had been common for several decades. It was a solid design, comfortable, and easy to make. Leather was rationed during the war so shoes were made of fabric, mesh etc.

2. Oxfords. Oxford shoes are a symbol of the 1950’s, but they were equally popular in the 1940’s. Heels were usually low and worn with white socks, making them ideal for everyday wear. Later in the decade the heels began to grow taller and the shape turned classier.

3. Wedgies. Wedgies were one way women could add height without wearing a heeled shoe. The soles were made of cork and gave lift to the heel without creating a gap in the sole. Still popular in fashion today, especially in the spring and summer.

4.  Peep Toe. By the late 1940’s all conservatism from the war was over. Shoe heels grew taller, leather became the primary material, and toes began to peep through. Peep toe shoes are the most popular 1940’s shoe today. The term “pumps” was also becoming common way to describe 3 inch heel shoes with no strap.

1940s Blue Peep Toe Pumps Mary Janes 40s 7.5 40s Swing 50s

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Vintage 40s Manning Gibbs DEADSTOCK Black Mesh Ladies Peep Toe Shoes

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1940s Brown Alligator T Strap Peep Toe Sandal Heels 8.5 AA Pin Up Vargas

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40s Woven Gold Lame Sandals Peeptoe Wedge Slippers Mules Mesh Bullion Metallic

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Black Suede Peep Toe Heels and Purse

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Vintage Funsters Naturalizer 1940's Leather Peep Toe Lace Heel Shoes 8 Steampunk

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Vtg 30s Art Deco Peep Toe Heels Shoes Velveteen & Leather 7 N Myrna Loy

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Vintage 1940s WWII Peep Toe Platform Suede Sandals Shoes-Sexy Pin Up Glam-White

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VINTAGE 40'S *GLAM PIN-UP ROCKABILLY*BLACK&LUCITE RHINESTONE PEEPTOE HEEL SHOE*5

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1940'S Vintage PLATFORM PEEP TOE HEELS 2 TONE WHITE BROWN SIZE 3 TEEN? LADIES?

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A growing collection of shoes from the forties. Click on any photo for a larger view.

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