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 TWEEDIES ALLURING FOOTWEAR BROWN SUEDE AND MESH PEEPTOE HEELS 30'S 40'S

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Reduced!! Gorgeous 1940s All Leather Peep To Heels With Toe Detailing

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

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Vtg 40's Black Faux Suede Leather Platform Peep Toe Shoes Heels 6.5 B Med

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GREAT 1940s VINTAGE PEEP TOE WEDGE HEEL STRAW AND LEATHER SHOES. 6.5 B

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Vintage 1940's Peep Toe Dr Scholls Oxford Granny Shoes Cut Outs

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VINTAGE VOGUE 1940s PEEP TOE WEDGE HEEL NAVY&LIGHT TAUPE SHOES & PURSE ENSEMBLE

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AUTHENTIC VINTAGE 'KNOT' VAMP - PEEP TOE

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Vtg 40s Pumps Black Mesh and Leather 6 M Peep Toe Slingback Shoes Sandals

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1940's Vintage Ladies Black Suede Peep Toe Pumps Size 7

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

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