Shoes, shoes, shoes 👠


If you've been reading the Ginger Gold Mysteries series you've likely realized that despite Ginger's knack for getting into messy situations, looking glamorous and keeping up with the latest trends in fashion wear is serious business for her!

Shoes are more than a necessity. They are statement pieces.

Have you ever heard someone say that they can judge a person by their shoes?

Ginger knows this. That's why she's always on top of the latest trends. Of course, she also needs smart footwear when she's investigating the mysterious murders that seem to follow her wherever she goes.

After all, one can never look too good when solving a mystery.

1920s vintage shoes

Women had to coordinate the correct shoe for each season and occasion. Whether a lady was swimming, lounging at home or entertaining guests, she must choose the correct footwear.

With the rising hemlines of the 1920s, the choice of women's footwear was even more important. Like hats, shoes were essential accessories to completing a person’s wardrobe. Of course, not just any shoe would do.

The most common type of shoes were Mary Janes and T-straps.

Both these shoes had ankle straps that made them suitable for dancing and nights on the town. Heels in the 1920s tended to be thicker and sturdier than most high heels are today, allowing women to remain on the dance floor for hours at a time.

The strapless pump was also popular in the 1920s. These basic shoes were often decorated with reptile skins and embossed with Egyptian designs. They were also decorated with buckles or covered in rich fabrics such a velvet or satin.

Oxfords were also worn in the house or as outdoor shoes. These shoes were ideal for walking as they had a very low heel. They tended to be a fairly plain shoe, usually available in two tones.

Indoor shoes, often referred to as ‘slippers’, were typically made of satin or lambskin.

Although similar styles of shoes were worn both in day and nighttime, each shoe type was decorated to match each occasion.

Women’s daytime dress shoes were often made of leather (more suitable for cooler weather) and canvas (for sports or summer activities) in muted tones such as beige, brown and grey. However, some daring women opted for bolder colors such as red or blue.

Evening shoes were decorated with more elegant fabrics such as velvet or silk and were usually gold or silver. They were often decorated with beading or special shoe clips for some extra glamour.

Which shoe is your favorite style? Write me a note to let me know.

To learn more about footwear in the 1920s visit VintageDancer.com.

All images are borrowed from VintageDancer.com.

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