Manufacture and Materials

The depression demanded conservative, long-wearing choices in clothing, and footwear followed the same trend. Colours were sombre, with blacks and browns being favoured by both men and women. Sneakers came into fashion, and proved to be hard wearing and ideal for the economic hard times. The silks and kid that dominated women's evening shoes early in the decade were soon replaced by the more practical leather and suede.

The 1930’s proved to be Hollywood’s heyday. The new talkies had taken over and screen fashion became a larger influence than the couture houses of Paris.

Comfort became a major consideration for women. Shoes became lower, broader and more angular.