Shoe of the Month – Take a Peep

Take a Peep

Made from snakeskin these shoes are from the 1940s. A well-worn and loved size 3, they were worn by Joan and were a present from her husband.

At the beginning of the Second World War a number of crocodile, snake and lizard skin shoes came onto the market, the last stocks of these valuable leathers, which were not suitable for making footwear for the Forces.

Shoe designs at the time were under strict rules. In Britain two inches (50 mm) was the maximum heel height allowed. The heels on these shoes conform to the regulations.

Peep or open toes became popular, although Vogue magazine in 1939 informed its readers that wearing peep toes during the day was like going naked! Vogue maintained that footwear for the street should have a certain integrity and peep toes should only be worn for evening or formal afternoon occasions.

Peep Toed Shoe

Peep Toed Shoe

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