Golfers, in particular, picked up on the two-tone color scheme and incorporated it with their uniforms starting around 1910 and lasting well beyond the ’20s and ’30s. Men quickly diversified the two-tone combination into wingtips Oxfords and loafers.
They replaced the simple saddle pattern with a swirl of two-tone colors. Women, however, enjoyed the simplicity of the saddle design and embraced it much more than men.
As with all things sporty in the 1920s, women were quick to take the men’s saddle shoe and wear it for themselves. They required frequent cleaning and whitening of the white canvas material.
Heels remained very low to keep with the ease of walking, running, or hiking. The majority of clothing catalogs at the time targeted saddle shoes to women and girls equally.
A more lady like Cuban heel was added to some women’s Oxfords to marry the common walking shoe with the casualness of the sporty saddle pattern. They were worn with sporty knits, housedresses, and men’s style knickers in the 1920s.
1933 “Uppers of bleached and mercerized white duck with black fabric and rubber saddle strap. Blue and white canvas saddle shoes became the new trendy shoes to wear.
Men were wearing two-tone shoes with business attire, and women with afternoon dresses and even suits. Having worn them as girls, young teens still found them to be a style that was more youthful than most women’s shoes, such as the wedge or peep toe.
Teens and skirts, bobby socks and dingy saddle shoes Teens in the ’40s started the trend for saddle shoes and bobby socks.
The dirty shoes trend ended, and the latest craze was for red rubber soles and spotless “just like new” saddle shoes. Girls would spend an hour everyday cleaning and polishing shoes to perfection.
Starting in Junior High, every girl and now boys had to wear saddle shoes. On the weekends and in summers, they looked great with denim blue jeans, too.
These teens were called “Bobbysoxers” because they always wore white socks with their saddle shoes. “Bobby socks are a fun and comfortable way to ‘girly up’ masculine footwear like brogues or saddle shoes.
The socks are generally ankle length and white with a lace upper that folds over, sometimes with a ribbon bow to add a decorative element to a plain shoe.”- Queens of Vintage, “How to be a Bobby Boxer” In Baltimore, I either wore saddle shoes or a ballet type slipper.
Comfortable to wear around the house yet too informal to be “proper,” housewives quickly changed into heels before their husbands came home. It was a secret ritual women performed daily, yet their husbands never knew about it.
It was a slimmed down version of the chunkier saddle Oxford and often had a buckle across the back of the heel. You would think that after such a pop culture explosion of the saddle shoe in the 1950s, the style would be outdated by the 1960s.
Girls, boys and young teens continued to wear the shoes as their daily uniform. Many schools actually made saddle shoes part of the dress code well into the 1990s.
The mod generation embraced two-tone color blocking into fashion, but not the saddle shoe. There will always be saddle shoes for 1950s costumes and men’s shoes never did lose the saddle from their line (although just in dark colors, rarely a re-run of the black and white combination).
Add your review of this product Saddle shoes They fit perfectly, and will look great with the 50s poodle skirt I made for my AG doll. Flaunting a soft suede upper with a two-tone design, these shoes feature a perforated leather overlay with a breathable fabric lining.