Vintage inspired 1940s mens shoes reflect the quality, durability, and sensibility of footwear during WW2 and beyond. Solid black, brown, white and two tone spectator oxfords, wingtip, brogue and slip-on loafers were standard shoes for men in the forties. Half boots, monk straps, and penny loafers added a bit more style to a basic set of men’s dress shoes. Work boots were all leather with lace and hooks and thick tread.
The most famous 40s men’s shoes are the black and white gangster shoes, zoot suits shoes or vintage dancing shoes like what Fred Astaire wore. They could also come in brown and white or tan and brown in wingtip, moccasin or saddle shoe patterns. Brogue (small holes) were added in summer shoes for breathability. Most 1940s men’s dress shoe soles were leather but today most as rubber. Read more about 1940s men’s shoe history.
A good pair of 1940s style men’s shoes can take your Zoot suit from OK to spectacular. All of these new men’s shoes are handpicked for their closest resemblance to men’s boots & shoes in the 1940s and offered in a range of price from costume to handcrafted quality. Dance shoes with leather soles are marked “dance” on the image.