Inspirations from...the 1940s


The timeless Mary Janes offer an easy way to doff your cap to the 1940s. They are good for dancing in, due to their ankle strap, and have a nice sturdy heel (traditionally at least!). Still today our shops are full of them, with a range of heel heights and colours.  


Female Hysteria has these vintage shoes for sale, or for a more modern twist on this vintage look, you could get these from Irregular Choice

A summer classic; the wedge was also very popular during the 1940s, offering an easy way to add height without losing stability! The Vintage Mistress have these original wedges for sale,


but there are plenty of modern wedges out there, Lady GaGa has inspired some super-sized wedges! I'm not brave enough for GaGa wedges, but would happily wear these Keats (from Kurt Geiger) once it becomes warmer!

My favourite style of 1940s shoe is the Oxford. They offer a great way of mixing smart with casual (well, as casual as you can get when channelling the 40s!). These original and unworn shoes are available from The Time Travelling Lark;


while these fabulous modern equivalents are from Clarks

For a more sexy take on the 1940s, try a peep toe. Shoes could become sexy again after the war, and flashing that extra bit of skin. Check out these originals from Simplicity Is Bliss


or these amazing diamonte peep toes from River Island


So whether you take some inspiration wearing vintage or new.....the 1940s certainly has a lot to offer!

Inspirations from....the 1940s clothing is coming next!