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1918 Ladies Footwear

Updated on March 30, 2021
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

$1.99 for a ladies shoe - WOW
$1.99 for a ladies shoe - WOW | Source

What the Well-Shod Foot Wore in 1918

I have a Spring-Summer 1918 catalog for clothes from the Lombard Mail Order Company in Baltimore, Maryland. It's fascinating to see what was the style for ladies shoes at that time. I've scanned in the photos from that catalog for your enjoyment and reference purposes.

This was just before the flapper era of short skirts, so picture these shoes with an ankle-length dress or skirt and blouse that was the style in 1918. These skirts are not the floor-sweeping dresses of the turn-of-the-century. They show the ankle and foot, so the shoes needed to be attractive.

White Shoes in 1918 - These are probably for summer wear

White Shoes in 1918
White Shoes in 1918

Where Would You Wear These Shoes?

I expect the lace-up shoes were for street wear, while the low-heeled slippers were for dress occasions like a party or for wearing around the house.

Check out These Prices for Shoes in 1918

Check out these prices for shoes in 1918
Check out these prices for shoes in 1918 | Source

The Style of the Toe

Buyers had a choice of a rounded toe or the longer pointed toe in ladies shoes. In most fashion pictures from this era, I see the pointed ones, so that's probably more trendy in 1918.

Here Are the Fashions from 1910 -1920 to Go with the Shoes

If you enjoy browsing fashions from an earlier era, take a look at these. The catalogs range from 1914 to the 1920s. They make great references if you are writing about those time periods or are interested in fashion history.


Seeing what women wore at this time, puts the shoes in perspective.

My Grandmother and Her Sisters in 1918

Unfortunately this photos does not show their feet. At least it lets you see the kinds of dresses they would have worn with the kinds of shoes I'm showing here.
Unfortunately this photos does not show their feet. At least it lets you see the kinds of dresses they would have worn with the kinds of shoes I'm showing here. | Source

Fashions 1915-1919

Russell's Standard Fashions 1915-1919
Russell's Standard Fashions 1915-1919
Check this book for more fashions for the 1918 period. Most libraries have books with the fashions over the centuries, if you want to look them up.
 

Labeled "Comfort Shoes" - Note the Wider Toe on These Shoes from 1918

Labeled "Comfort Shoes" - Note the Wider Toe on These Shoes from 1918
Labeled "Comfort Shoes" - Note the Wider Toe on These Shoes from 1918

1918 Celebrating the End of WWI - Check out the fashions in this video

This parade video of San Francisco shows the fashions of the day. People in the video are wearing surgical masks, as 1918 was also the great flu epidemic.

WWI Era - Vintage Fashion in Dresses, Hats, Shoes (Shoes are at the 3 minute mark)

My Grandparents in 1918

My grandmother Ruth is wearing white slippers in this photo. Her new husband, Clarence McGhee is heading off to France for WWI.
My grandmother Ruth is wearing white slippers in this photo. Her new husband, Clarence McGhee is heading off to France for WWI. | Source

Read More about the History of Fashion and of Shoes - Great Stuff on Amazon

Most libraries have books on clothing history in their reference section or you can buy the titles below from Amazon. Some of these are in encyclopedia format for looking up specific types of clothing or eras in fashion history.

Laced Boots for the Ladies in 1918

Laced Boots for the Ladies in 1918
Laced Boots for the Ladies in 1918 | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Virginia Allain

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