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.

Vtg 5” PLATFORM Suede Pin-Up SHOES Peep-Toe HEELS Burlesque Womens Ankle Strap

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VTG SHOES 40's Dr. Locke 8 C Peep Toe Black Lace Leather Lace Up Pumps

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True Vintage 40s Peep Toe Black Leather Granny LaceUp Heel Shoes USA 9 Womens

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

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

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Lovely vintage 40s 50s peeptoe babydoll straw weave heels vlv NEUTRALS 6B 6N 6.5

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Vintage 1940s WWll BLACK SUEDE PLATFORM PEEP TOE HEELS Jay Thorpe Straps 6 1/2

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40s Suede Platform Peep Toe Sandals Studs High Heel Frank More 6.5 7 B Med

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Vtg 1940's Black Patent Leather Peep Toe Shoes Size 9 Narrow

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Vintage 1940's Peep Toes Platform Black Suede Sling Back Shoes

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

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