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.

VINTAGE 1950s SPRINGOLATOR SHOES RHINESTONE PEEP TOE PINUP HEEL Womens 7.5 B

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vintage 1940s black silk wedges with bows peeptoe Guild House made in Spain 6.5

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5 B vintage 80s pink karung snake skin peep-toe slingback pumps shoes

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FAB 1940'S ~ ANDREW GELLER ~ RED LIZARD PEEP TOE PLATFORM SLINGBACK HEELS~ 7N

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SZ 7 DANIEL GREEN 1930'S BRONZE SILK SATIN HEELED PEEP TOE GLAMOUR SLIPPERS WWII

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Spectacular! Iridescent EggPlant Leather 40s Platform Ankle Strap Peep Toe sz7aa

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Vintage Women's Pillow Soft SEARS slingback heels peep toe Sandals Shoes sz 9 D

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Vtg 40s Pumps Red Leather 6 6.5 A Narrow Peep Toe Slingback Shoes Oxblood

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VINTAGE TOTALLY TUBULAR 1980S CLEAR YELLOW JELLIES PEEP TOE JELLY SHOES SZ 5

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