Manufacture and Materials

High lace up boots, with relatively low heels, make a comeback for women during the war – a suitable style for active women who had kept men's work going on the homefront. Wider, practical shapes prevailed throughout the war.

Leather was still the material of choice for men’s and women’s footwear. A new soling material came into use for children’s shoes in 1924, and entered the fashion scene for women in the next year. By 1925, there was a great increase in the amount of reptile leathers used, especially snake and lizard. Because of the high price, these were generally reserved for trims. Suede made a short appearance in 1924-5, but then fell out of favour.

Both men and women had a greater choice of colours. Black and white or tan with white co-respondent shoes appear, and these two toned oxfords were adopted by women. Women began to adopt colours such as red, blue and even gold. Beadwork, embossed leather, sequins and embroidered fabrics all had their vogue in the roaring twenties. Eyelets were, for the first time, coloured to match the leather of the shoes.