Leather Shoes or Suede Shoes

The clothing coupons, which also embraced footwear, curtail to a great extent new styles of shoes. Brown or black laced leather shoes as well as brogues continue to be worn, although suede instead of leather become more acceptable. Most shoes or boots have rounded toes, although they did tend to become slightly pointed. New styles gradually appear. Tall elastic-sided boots covering the ankles are popular. The elastic gussets at the sides allowed for easier putting on of the boots as they have no fastenings at all. Thick crepe soled shoes are also worn and some have strap and buckle fastenings. Rubber galoshes which have been worn over shoes in rainy weather become less popular, although high rubber Wellington boots remained in vogue, especially for country wear. In the summer, for leisure wear, sandals are worn. These are at first just lightweight shoes with a pattern punched out, and instead of the heel or quarter filled in, it is open with just a strap to support the sandal. Later the fronts of the shoes or sandals are also left open with wide straps to hold the soles to the feet. During the War years socks, instead of reaching to mid-calf, reached to just above the ankles, but after the War, some again become longer, but by then they are elasticated at the tops, thus lessening the need for suspenders. Socks are generally made of silk, wool, rayon or cotton, and later of nylon or nylon mixtures which make them longer lasting. Knee length woollen stockings are still worn with plus-fours. Many otherwise plain socks and stockings are decorated up the sides with clocks, or they can have fancy designs on the borders. Stripes are always popular.

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