Footwear fashion of the 1920s was very conservative in style; dress shoes had minimal lift, with a small kitten heel. Women wore wedding-style shoes, which consisted of silk and satins or leather uppers in shades of antique white or ivory, with stockings. These special-occasion shoes featured detailed embellishments in the form of beading, brocade and buckles.
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The classic pointed-toe pump is the most common wedding shoe style. The T-strap or T-bar style was also a popular evening shoe for weddings. The style featured both closed-toe and peep-toe, with either a sandal front or an open back. Flappers popularised Mary Janes that had a classic ankle strap.
Round-toe shoes did not appear until the 1930s. Therefore, 1920s-style shoes featured a classic pointed toe, regardless of their style. Leather straps often featured interesting buckles while fabric straps made for pretty bows that women tied at the ankles. Sequin trim turned plain evening shoes into special-occasion wedding shoes.
Wedding shoes with fabric exteriors were placed over a leather base. The fabric made it easy for women to add and remove broaches and shoe clips. Common styles featured cameos, pearls or diamante with detailed beading or embroidery. The buckles on T-straps or Mary Jane wedding-style shoes could be embellished with rhinestones to add a touch of elegance and grace.
Wedding shoes from the '20s had three common heels. The Louis heel featured a slight curve while the Boulevard heel was constructed with a straighter heel than the Louis, but with a slight curve. The Cuban heel was the most common style, with a 2-inch- or 2 1/2-inch- thick block heel. Fashionable brides who tried to differentiate their style from traditional fashion would have heels in a contrasting colour, like a metallic silver, gold or bronze, or even a decorated pattern.
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