1950s Saddle Shoes – Saddle Oxfords
Monk strap shoes are mostly associated with the s, but they got their start in the s. The detail was all in the buckle strap, with the rest of the shoe made of smooth leather in brown, black and white. It was considered a casual or semi dressy shoe. men’s plain monk strap shoes. Oct 09, · They are called saddle shoes, and you can get one here: zi255.com Source (s): zi255.com
The spectator shoealso known as co-respondent shoeis a style of low-heeled, oxfordsemi-brogue or full arr constructed from two contrasting colours, typically having the toe and heel cap and sometimes the lace panels in a darker colour than the main body of the shoe. Common colour combinations include a white shoe body with black, brown or tan toe and heel shoees, but other colours can be used.
The spectator is typically an all leather shoe, but can be constructed using a canvas, mesh or suede body. The spectator was originally constructed of willow calf leather and white buck or reverse calf suede. Amd white portion was sometimes made from a mesh material, for better ventilation in hot weather. The saddle shoe ols, another style of two-tone oxford shoe, can be distinguished from the spectator shoe by noting the saddle shoe's plain toe and distinctive, saddle-shaped decorative panel placed mid foot.
John Lobbthe famous English footwear maker, claimed to have designed the first spectator shoe as a cricket shoe in In the s and s in England, this style was considered too flamboyant for a gentleman, and therefore was called a tasteless style.
Because the style was popular among lounge lizards and cads arre, who were sometimes associated with divorce cases, a nickname for the style was co-respondent shoe, a pun on the colour arrangement on the shoe, and the legal description of a third party caught in flagrante delicto with the guilty party in a case of adultery. Wallis Simpson was famed hsoes wearing this style, although it was said that she was an adulteress and that it was Edward VIII who acted the part of co-respondent.
Ballard 's novel and Steven Spielberg 's film Empire of the Sunprotagonist Jim Graham Christian Bale covets a fellow prisoner's spectator golf shoes.
After the prisoner dies, he is given the shoes as a gift from Dr. Ransome Nigel Havers. In the s-set crime drama, " Boardwalk Empire ", the character Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, can be seen wearing pink-and-black spectators, especially in the opening credits sequence. This shoe -related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 April Herring Shoes Blog.
Retrieved Benstock, Olld ; Ferriss, Suzanne, eds. Footnotes: falled shoes. ISBN This kind of men's decorative shoe dates from the late nineteenth century but became popular in the s and s. Drummond, Sharon Qhat of Footwear. Ryerson University. Archived from the original on Brogue: A laced shoe with many sections, which are punched and serrated around the edges.
Aare, Betsy Durkin A two-toned oxford shoe with either semi- or full- brougueing. Schur, Norman W. Wjite English A to Zed Third, revised and updated ed. The flashy, disreputable type, usually in brown and white.
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Mar 03, · Some groups identify with this type of shoe without irrespective of current fashion trends. Those associated with ska, sometimes known as rudeboys, often wear them in . The spectator shoe, also known as co-respondent shoe, is a style of low-heeled, oxford, semi-brogue or full brogue constructed from two contrasting colours, typically having the toe and heel cap and sometimes the lace panels in a darker colour than the main body of the shoe. This style of shoe dates from the nineteenth century but reached the height of popularity during the s and s. That’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, and recently I had the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon with a pair of shoes. Specifically, the Vans Old Skool skate shoe in black-and-white.
The white is used a lot for dancing too as it is quite easy to see one's fabulous footwork! I'm a southern woman who works in politics and have always wanted white bucks- to go with the job : My father wore them and some of my most treasured memories are of him teaching me to powder his from Allen Edmonds.
On unabashedlyprep. It just wasn't the same But, after searching for years, I wanted to give them a try before returning. Canvass makes them cooler and they are just different enough to appear as updated. I wear them with loafer socks which don't show , cuffed jeans and Oxford shirts around the office and when the time comes to dress them up, I wear them with very light or pastel pants, navy linen button fronts and a seersucker blazer.
I get tons of compliments on them from both men and women of all ages. What an informative post. I knew only bits and pieces of this; you filled out the gaps in my understanding.
Oh I just love the look of "Buck" shoes Thanks for a blast from the past visit. Hugs, Meri. I have serious problems when it comes to wearing anything white. I don't know how I manage it but I will always get a spot on it within seconds!
I do, however love white buck shoes… I'm just not brave enough to own a pair and risk getting them dirty! I love this kind of shoes, but saddle shoes are on my wish list for some time ago.
I'll get them one day Really interesting post. I doubt with my messy ways I could mantain spotless shoes though Kate-the old fashioned way. I am amazed at the wealth of information on buck skin shoes that you shared with us!
I had no idea there were this many ads available for viewing: Maybe we might see Tony sporting some: I had no idea you could clean shoes with erasers?
Thank you very much, dearest Joanna. Never say never, as the expression goes, but I wouldn't bank on seeing Tony in white bucks. He's much, much more of a brogues kind of chap no complaints there from me, I love them as well. You can definitely clean shoes with clean white erasers - and not just bucks, but most kinds of suede shoes, handbags and garments.
What an interesting history. I always just thought the song "Blue Suede Shoes" was a song and had nothing to do with the fashion of the day. I also likes how you drew a comparison between the idealism of society at the time and the representaion of it through pristine white shoes. I shudder to think what some modern day fashions say about our society. Your knowledge about vintage never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing! I used to have a pair of white bucks and you are right.
My 19 year old son just bought a pair of white slip-on Vans and he has spent the greater part of the summer walking the dog along the lagoon trail in an attempt to get them as dirty and scuffed up as possible! Hippie chic! Love your blog. Just love it! You are such a fantastic writer!!! I always manage to get anything white dirty as I'm a bit clumsy I'd dare say!
Did they get chunkier as the years progressed? The shoes in the first picture look more light-weight than the shoes in the rest of the pictures? Or maybe it's just how they look to me. I don't think I've ever heard of bucks before, or at least, I was getting them mixed up with saddle shoes perhaps. Very good point, they do appear to have had slightly thicker soles in some of the earlier images. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for even more white buck images now to see if I can draw conclusive confirmation of this or not.
Interest piques, search on - I'll be sure to post here if I can determine such was the case one way or the other. Thank you for the great comment! Jessica, Your post is very infomative, filled with proper stories of history and lovely images to follow it all. As always, you have taught me something new - using the pencil eraser to remove stains from white footwear.
You have a "thumbs up" from me, dear. By the way: how are your Alberta-plans coming up? Thank you for this interesting and historical post! I've often wondered about classic footwear, in particular the Bucks, and how timeless they are ; xx. My absolute pleasure, dear Erin. I loved learning more about them while doing the research for this post.
I'll have to sport my pink ones in the coming months, while hearty footwear and socks becomes a must here in Canada more. My husband has a modern day version of these shoes but his are a pale beige which is marginally more practical. I actually really like them as they do suggest 'best' going out wear, but sadly he doesn't wear them too often for the very reasons you mention.
You have to be going somewhere clean! Aren't men's classes adorable? I love to see a well dressed man!! It is a shame they're so tricky to keep in pristine or nearly so condition. The ol' eraser trick works quite well for some kinds of scuffs and marks, but overall, bucks are shoes that require one to be very mindful of where they step and what they do while sporting them. I can't get enough of oxfords. Two tone, high heeled, boots, love them all!!! I can't imagine keeping my shoes so clean!
I wear two tone black and white flats all the time, and it drives me crazy just cleaning those! All white?! I'd go crazy! I love when you do posts like this, I always end up learning so much from them! I am stupified is that even a word? Makes me wonder when we became all quantity and not quality? That's a point I've pondered many a time myself, too, dear Lorena. Certainly quality workmanship still exists in some areas of fashion, but it often costs a premium and can be hard to come by at a local level for many, even if they can afford it.
I love the attention to detail, degree of quality, and workmanship that went into so many vintage items - even many mass produced ones - and am especially grateful for it, too, because it means that lots of items from the 30s, 40s and 50s are still around today for me and other who adore vintage fashions to buy and wear.
I wore white bucks in the 50's. They were 'groovy'. And yes it was more Pat Boone that made them famous rather than Elvis.
Not only did they sometimes come with an eraser, but kids in the know, would dust them with white flour or talcum baby powder to have them pristine white. You got snickered at if your bucks were scuffed. Some of us even carried a little package made of waxed paper with baby powder in it in your purse. There were no baggies in those days, Half the time when you took a step the cloud of white which came from your shoes meant you forgot to tap them suffiently to remove the excess powder Not sure if that is a real word.
Hi Gail, thank you very much for your terrific comment. I love that you added some additional interesting points to the history of white buck shoes. As beautiful as they were, given their hefty upkeep, I can see why they feel out of widespread use by the mids, as fashion as a whole was becoming more causal.
I don't think snickerable is a real word, but it definitely should be! All through the mid-fifties to early sixties, when I was in high school and college, white bucks were very popular, although more so with girls than boys. The style for girls at that time was a saddle oxford usually Spaldings , and worn with thick, folded ankle socks. I remember them being very snazzy looking and was quite taken with them. Ah, sweet memories! Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful memories of growing up wearing these classic shoe styles when they were all the rage with us.
I wish saddle oxfords and bucks were a fraction as easy to come by these days especially in person as they were back then. Thanks for this informative post. Hi Lloyd, thank you for letting me know what lead you to discover this post. I hope you enjoyed this history of white bucks - they really are an iconically wonderfully example of mid-century footwear. Hi there, white bucks are tricky, but not impossible to track down.
If you're looking for men's, those are easier to come by. Josa A.