World War I and the 20ís 1914-1929
Boots were exceedingly popular during the war. These were usually cloth topped and front laced. The new, comfortable footwear was far more suitable to factory work than the shoes worn previous to the war. Even shoes were wide toed, sturdy and comfortable.
When skirt lengths shortened at the end of the war, there was a sudden interest in what was on the feet. Decoration was added to all shoes. Buckles are the favourite, but by 1920, feathers, rosettes, fur, velvet ribbons, lace and embroidery were all used to add interest below the ankles. By the end of the decade, buckles were only a functional detail.
In the twenties, the pointed toe once again fell into favour. Straps were added, and shoes became lighter and finer. Bar shoes became very popular with women, and were the most popular style of the decade. Apart from anything else, they stayed on the foot while dancing. These shoes had a strap going over the top of the foot, and fastened with a buckle at the centre front or side. T-strap shoes also made an appearance in 1920, usually fastening with a buckle. Crossbars were worn with afternoon gowns.
The heel throughout the twenties remained at a steady two inches. The Cuban heel was still the most popular, though the Louis heelLouis heel also continued. In 1925, a more slender version of the Louis heel appeared, and in 1931, became known as the Spanish heel.
By the end of the decade, shoes were lighter, the shaping was more delicate, and there were infinite varieties of colours and fabrics.