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.

SEXY 1940'S BLACK TWEEDIES PEEP TOE HEEL BOW MARSHALLTOWN IOWA SIZE 9 AA NARROW

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Vintage 1940s black leather peep toes heels mary janes oxford heels shoes

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Vintage 1940's Navy Blue + Ivory Peep Toe Slingbacks Shoes Heels Sz 7

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Vtg 1940s Shoes Grey Leather Peep Toe Slingback Vintage 40s Sandals Cuban Heels

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Vtg 1940s Leon's/Palazzio NYC made Black Velvet Suede sling back peep toe Heels

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Vintage 40s Heels Ankle Strap Peep Toe Royal Blue Rhinstone Velvet Shoes 1940

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Vintage O'Conner & Goldberg Peep Toe Clear Lucite RHINESTONE Pumps Heels Shoe 8

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

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Amazing 1940s White Leather & Mesh Strappy Slingback PeepToe Heels Size 6.5

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Chic 30s 40s Dr Locke VINTAGE Nubuck Suede PEEPTOE HEELS Shoes Mary Jane 8 Navy

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