Looking for 1950s shoes? You are probably imaging wearing the black and white ’50s shoes most associated with young girls and teens wearing poodle skirts and young men ripping it up on the dance floor with the new Rock ‘n Roll swing. These classic style fifties shoes are often called saddle oxfords or just saddle shoes. Oxfords refer to the style of shoe (flat heel, low profile, lace up) while saddle refers to the color placement (dark color band on a white body). Black and white saddle shoes were the most popular color combination in the 1950s for both young men and women. Paired with white bobby socks, saddle shoes are iconic of the decade even though the trend began in the 1920s. Learn more about the history of saddle shoes.
Not all black and white shoes featured the saddle pattern. Black in the middle and white on the edges was popular as well as black on the bottom and white on top. For men, the Wingtip design with a black bottom and “W” shape on the toe was a handsome semi- formal shoe. The black and white ’50s shoes pattern was designed onto pumps, loafers, flats and sport shoes too.
Besides black and white shoes of the ’50s, there were many colors of vintage saddle shoes. Brown and white, blue and white, brown and black, and even pink and white were all seen in two-tone patterns. You could match your outfit or just have fun with a pop of color against a plain outfit.
Because of the popularity of the 1950s retro look today, finding black and white shoes isn’t too difficult. There are options and price ranges to suit any budget and purpose. Here are a variety of black and white saddle shoes I found online, first for ladies.
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