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 1940's RISQUE' BLACK SATIN PEEP TOE PLATFORM HIGH HEEL SHOES

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Vtg 40's 50's Vintage Ivory Satin Sling Back Peep Toe Kitten Heel Shoes 6.5M

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6-6.5 vtg 40s lace-up peep-toe oxfords granny shoes NOS

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1940 Debutante Italian White Leather Peeptoe Heels Betty Boop

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Vintage Jolene 30's Mesh Peep Toe Wedge Heels Sz 7 Ivory

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1940s 40s Vintage Multi Color Wedge Wedgies Peep Toe Ankle Straps

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VINTAGE 1940's PEEP TOE BLACK SUEDE PLATFORM SHOE SIZE 8 Narrow

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Vintage 40's Leather & Suede Chunky Sling Back Peep Toe Platform Heels Shoes 6/7

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Vintage Packard-Rellin Green Suede Peep Toe Sling Back Platform Shoes

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Vintage 1940s Alligator Shoes 6.5N Chunky Peep Toe Platforms Du Val Debs Brown

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