Shoe of the Month-The Co-respondent

The Co-respondent

The style of having white shoes with starkly contrasting black or brown leather first became popular in the 1860s as sportswear, especially for cricket and boating, but these bore little resemblance to the style that became popular from the 1920s onwards and are known as co-respondents.

There are several suggestions as to how this style came to be called the Co-respondent. Divorce was something of a rarity in the 1920s and it was suggested that only a man of such dubious manner, taste and character as to appear in court as the co-respondent in a divorce case would wear such flashy footwear!