1944 Platform Shoes & Purse


Check out these beauties at the Bata Shoe Museum. The website reads:

“These shoes and their matching handbag were purchased at Owens and Elmes in Toronto in 1944 and complimented the appearance of a fortunate woman from Hamilton, Ontario. The shoes would most truthfully be described as peep-toe, platform sling-backs, but they are part of the larger genre known as “platforms”. The open toes and straps of these shoes are a refined response to the sandal trend of the 1930s, the first time that women in the 20th century could show glimpses of their bare feet. Evening sandals were introduced in the late ‘30s once daytime sandals became fashionable as families across the continent flocked to beaches for affordable holidays.

The platform under the ball of the foot and the heel are made from wood, the shoes are covered in a green fabric that is meant to look like suede and they’re trimmed with snakeskin. None of these materials were on the European or North American war-time ration lists, which included among other materials, petroleum, leather, rubber and silk. This list of rationed materials strained the resources of the shoemaking industry because it left very few materials for production. This difficulty was embraced as a challenge by innovative shoemakers and these shoes are a good example of the quirky fashion of the ‘40s which focussed more on the creation of the image of women “making do” and “taking care” of the home front, rather than the sexy glamour of the preceding 1930s.”

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Shoes with Spats & Gaiters

Isabella's Shoes with Spats by Juliet Juliet

I snapped a photo of this pair of sexy black heels with spats, from Isabella Gregorio’s personal collection in Como, Italy this weekend. Ssshh, don’t tell her!   The label reads “Juliet Juliet”. Spats or gaiters (which are usually longer), cover the instep and ankle, and are usually detachable from your shoes. They were fashionable for gentlemen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and have worked their way back into modern ladies shoe design in the last few seasons.

Want more spats? The first pair below are Prada 2008 Collection, the second are L.A.M.B.

Prada 2008 Heels with Spats LAMB Shoes Crowther Tex Shoe

And here we have individual ‘Gaiterettes’ from LesFrivolities at Etsy.com:

Gaiterettes Gaiterettes

You wear these over shoes or ankle boots that you already own. Prices range from $55.00 to $155.00 per handmade pair.

Katie Anderson (LA)

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Katie Anderson (USA) busted out these studded Top Shop shoes with those gorgeous floral patterned stockings, in Como Italy on the weekend for Swing Crash Festival 2009. Everyone was asking, “Are those tattoos?”  Incidentally, when not globetrotting with Minn Vo as a Lindy Hop instructor, Katie is a shoe designer in LA.

Katie also showed up in some pretty gorgeous head gear over the weekend, including this giant black satin bow mounted on an alice band (Forever 21), which she had pinned down to look like a vintage hat, and a red velvet rose set against her platinum blonde hair. Fantastico!

Katie Anderson Black Hat Katie Anderson Red Rose