Vogue’s proclamation that ‘Il faut ‘skimp’ pour etre chic’ – you must skimp to be chic – may have set the tone for Forties wartime fashion, but you’d never know from looking at the era’s footwear.

Heel lengths were solid and sensible, but with the introduction of open toes, shoes of many different colours and styles encapsulated the glamour and romance of the decade.

What better time to embrace Forties shoes than the upcoming summer? Here’s our pick of five gorgeous pairs available to buy online right now.


1) Forties bow peep toes
These little peep toe heels aren’t cheap but the bow detail and excellent condition make them rather special.

From toe to heel 10 1/8″
Across the ball of the foot 3 1/8″
heels 3 1/4″

Buy them now for £126



2) Tiki wood-carved shoes
Hawaiian-themed, hand-made shoes such as these sling-backs were very popular during the Forties.
This pair has some faults but is still very wearable.

From toe to heel 9″
Across the ball of the foot 2.5″
Heels 2 3/4″

Buy them now for £44




3) Red wedge shoes
These red wedges are both cute and not too high to wear comfortably- always a bonus!

From toe to heel 9.5″
Across the ball of the foot just under 3.5″
Heels 2 1/4″

Buy them now for £63





4) Deadstock alligator pumps
These fab cuban-heeled alligator pumps have never been worn and just so happen to be on sale. Bargain!

size: 5
length- 8 ¾”
wide at toe area- 2 ¾”
heel: 2 ¾”

Buy them now for £58 minus 25% discount



5) Deadstock green sandals
These unworn suede sandals are in mint condition and a truly rare vintage find.

Insole length (from tip of heel to toe): 9’’ *pictured on model that wears US 5.5 and there was much room.
Insole ball width: 3’’
Exterior length: 8 12/16’’
Exterior ball width: 3 1/16’’

Buy them now for £106

4 Responses

  1. Alex

    A great selection. For some reason, although I love vintage clothes, I can’t stand the thought of actually wearing vintage shoes – I think it is the thought of other people’s sweat feet! I don’t think I’ll have to worry I’m missing out too much though, as you very rarely find vintage shoes in a size seven! x

  2. Penny

    it’s so annoying that i can never ever find 40s shoes in a UK 7!!!
    these are all gorgeous, but so tiny!

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