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.

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

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Mid Century mod 40s red velvet/gilt trim slippers sz 3-Manning Gibbs- peeptoe!

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

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Vintage 40's Velvet Platform Peep Toe Strappy Swing Shoes 5

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Vintage Rockabilly 1940's Peep Toe Leather Pump Shoe

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Vintage 1930's 40's Suede Peep Toe shoes Heels size 8

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1940s brown suede peep toe heels

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Re-Mix Vintage 1940's Style Green Peep Toe Suede Sandals 10

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

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VTG 40's RED CROSS PLATFORM SHOES ~ Mesh ~ PEEP TOE ~ cuban heel ~ 7/8

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

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