The Fifties

Desert Boot
An original advertisement for the desert boot appears in 1950.

Menís shoes changed very little from the 1940ís to the end of the 1950ís. For mainstream menís fashion, oxfords, Brogues, and loafer styles remained unrivalled.

The preppy look had arrived in America, and teenage boys took to wearing All Star basketball boots. British youth adopted the winkle picker, a very pointed low boot. The desert boot, which was actually a high shoe coming to the bottom of the ankle, was introduced in 1950, and marked one of the first cult shoes of the young generation. It was a soft suede version of the polo chukka boot, with two eyelets for lacing.