1918 Ladies Footwear
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great 1918 Stuff on eBay
You never know what you'll find on eBay. It's a unique marketplace. Good luck in your bidding on old ads about shoes, vintage catalogs or actual pairs of shoes from 1918.
© 2009 Virginia Allain