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Design Through the Decades: The 1950s

Design Through the Decades

Shoe styles define decades more than any other accessories. I’m mean what’s more ‘70s than a pair of platforms?! We’ll be celebrating each period with a look back at its most iconic shoes, starting with the 1950s when Sandra Dee was rocking saddle shoes and circle skirts. Don’t be afraid to wear them with a pair of socks to get the sock hop style right. Just proceed with caution – later generations have failed to make them chic (see sandals with socks). Here’s what you need to bring the ‘50s to 2013:

Saddle Shoes
Bass Eloise Pump:
This saddle shoe elevates the look to new and brighter heights. There’s nothing wrong with giving icons a little facelift! At Nordstrom for $66.29 (from $98.95).

Penny Loafers
Church’s Sally Leather Penny Loafers:
At the same time, a classic is a classic. Wear your black pennies with a cute mini skirt to give them the girly touch. On NET-A-PORTER for $455.

Pumps with Bows
Bottega Veneta Bow-Embellished Leather Pumps:
After all, Snobs in the ‘50s indulged in their feminine sides to the nth degree, wearing bows everywhere from their hair to their skirts to their pumps! On NET-A-PORTER for $780.

T-Straps
Miu Miu T-Strap Jeweled Heel Sandal:
Ladies loved t-strap shoes to ensure the ultimate security when dancing the night away. These platforms aren’t exactly dancer-friendly, but it’s not as if we do as much Hand Jiving today anyway! At Barneys New York for $1,390.

Wedge
Salvatore Ferragamo Suna Wicker-Wedge Sandal:
Fun fact – Salvatore Ferragamo invented the wedge in the ‘30s after a woman came into his shop complaining about her uncomfortable pumps. He went on to design shoes for countless Hollywood starlets, including ’50s temptress Marilyn Monroe. At Neiman Marcus for $695.

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