The Roaring Twenties were arguably one of the most fashion-forward decades ever. That’s probably why media and pop culture are so focused on this transformative era. If you love the 1920s, throwing a costume party is a must. This gives everyone you know the opportunity to put on their most fabulous frocks and footwear. If you are hosting or attending a 1920s extravaganza, a Gatsby-themed soiree, a Miss Fisher murder mystery, or a Downton Abbey dinner party, you must look the part from head to toe. Take a look at the most fabulous types of footwear from the 1920s to determine which will be the perfect match for your look.
Men’s Oxfords had been around for decades before the 1920s. During the Jazz Age, however, these classic styles started to be adapted and recreated for women. Women’s oxfords sometimes featured the shoe’s classic two-tone pattern. Other times, they would be a dark brown or black. These shoes usually featured decorative perforations or patterns to increase their appeal.
The main difference between men and women’s Oxfords was the heel height. While some women’s Oxfords had only a slight 1” heel, variations from later in the decade included a more substantial Cuban heel. Recreate a classic 1920s look by wearing a pair of heeled Oxfords with tights, a midi-skirt, and a casual blouse.
Saddle shoes are fun, slight sporty, and easy to wear. Originally, saddle shoes started out as men’s sporting shoes in the early 1900s. While men were inclined to wear sharp Oxfords in the 1920s, women embraced the simplicity of the saddle shoe and it’s delightful two-toned pattern. Typically, women’s saddle shoes featured a white canvas body with a black leather “saddle” in the middle.
These flat shoes were perfect for participating in sports and other activities that rose to popularity in the 1920s. With that said, saddle shoes were also offered with a slight Cuban heel to make them more feminine and ladylike. Pair your saddle shoes with a floral A-line dress and a cloche for a cute and casual look straight from the 1920s.