Dancing Shoes, December 1928

“… Never have the shops made it easier to select dazzlingly beautiful slippers to complete the Christmas and New Year’s formal costume.” — Lucile Babcock in The Delineator magazine, December, 1928, p. 61.

Top of article, "Dancing Data," by Lucile Babcock, The Delineator; Dec. 1928.

Top of article, “Dancing Data,” by Lucile Babcock, The Delineator; Dec. 1928.

Elegant shoes were featured in The Delineator in November of 1928, too. (Click here for shoes by Vionnet’s husband.) All these dancing shoes are made of fabric — fragile but practical, since fabric shoes don’t usually need to be “broken in.”

(A) is made of gold brocade trimmed with soft gold leather. (B) is "dramatic with gold kid and gayest embroidery." December 1928, Delineator.

(A) is made of gold brocade trimmed with soft gold leather. (B) is “dramatic with gold kid and gayest embroidery.” Dancing shoes, December 1928, Delineator.

(C) is "ready-to-dye" crepe de chine fabric. (D) is "silver and white brocade which may be dyed."

(C) is “ready-to-dye” crepe de Chine fabric. (D) is “silver and white brocade which may be dyed.” Dancing shoes, Dec. 1928, Delineator.

I928 dec p 61 text C and D dancing shoes

“There is paisley brocade, as gorgeous in its many colors as a Persian shawl, which chooses to collaborate with gold kid heels and straps — a vivid lovely accent for a white or off-white evening frock.”

(F) Gold or silver brocade dancing shoes from Arch Preserver. (G) Crepe de Chine pump made by Delman. Dec. 1928.

(E) Gold or silver brocade dancing shoes from Arch Preserver. (F) Crepe de Chine pump made by Delman. Dancing shoes, Delineator, Dec. 1928.

I928 dec p 61 text E and F dancing shoes

 “Gold or silver brocade twinkling with rhinestone buckles has elaborate new tendencies in plaided or flowered designs, and is as glamorous as the fabled slippers of the fairy tale.”

(G) "Persian brocade and silver kid. Dance magic!" (H) Black velvet with scarlet satin inserts. Dec. 1928.

(G) “Persian brocade and silver kid. Dance magic!” (H) Black velvet with scarlet satin inserts. Dancing shoes, Delineator, Dec. 1928.

I928 dec p 61 text G and H dancing shoes

“The suave beauty of velvet has a dozen new guises and disguises when it appears on the dance program. Embroidered, painted in flamboyant colors, moired or inlaid with satin in some fanciful arabesque, the velvet slipper adds an ornate look to the simple, stately, monotone frock of velvet or satin.”

(I) is labelled "Red and gold paisley brocade" but clearly is not. (J) says "Rhinestones sparkle on the strap of this pump." Dec,. 1928.

(I) is labelled “Red and gold paisley brocade” but clearly is not. (J) says “Rhinestones sparkle on the strap of this pump.” Dancing shoes, Dec. 1928.

If you don’t know the online shoe museum called “Shoe-Icon” — based in Russia — it has a large, well illustrated collection and an excellent library of shoe trademarks.  You can search for shoe designers by name or by trademark. (Translate into English by clicking at upper right of screen.) Shoes by the designers in this article are well-represented.

The shoes illustrated in this article came from I. Miller & Sons, J. & T. Cousins (click here for a very similar shoe — in color — at the Shoe-Icons site. ), Laird Schober & Co. (click here for a brocade shoe by Laird Schrober with rhinestoned heel, at Shoe-Icons,) Delman (Shoe-Icon shows many Delman shoes — click here), and Arch Preserver. (“Arch Preserver ” and “Foot Saver” shoes, advertised for comfort, were nevertheless sometimes very attractive. The brocade one shown above (E) has a slightly thicker heel than the others.

From a Foot Saver ad, Feb. 1929.

Woman’s Shoe from a Foot Saver ad, Feb. 1929.

Day shoe from Arch Preserver, June 1929. Delineator.

Day shoe from Arch Preserver, June 1929. Delineator.

It reminded me of this I. Miller evening shoe:

I928 dec p 61 dancing shoe II really like 1920’s shoes. They are usually beautiful and wearable (not too high) — and flattering. The thin straps that kept them on even during a Charleston are often a color that blends with the wearer’s stockings or legs — gold, tan, silver, bronze, etc. — so that the strap doesn’t visually “cut” the leg at the ankle. (See the white shoe with tan strap, above.)

Israel Miller’s shoes were worn by fashionable women from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Andy Warhol was a shoe illustrator for I. Miller & Co. ads in the 1950’s. The Historialist wrote about the Warhol shoe ads here.

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9 responses to “Dancing Shoes, December 1928

  1. I love twenties shoes, although I personally covet the ones from earlier in the decade that had more straps and weren’t quite so high. Thanks for the link to the “Shoe Icon.” Hours of searching fun!

  2. I want (and would wear) them all! Shoes are probably my favorite aspect of fashion from the 1920s.

  3. Nancy N

    Back in the late 70s I talked with a guy whose family business was shoes (I bought a number of old pairs, new old stock, as they say). The guy told me that one of the ways those shoes were constructed that made them so comfortable to wear, for dancing, walking, even tho the heel was higher than in the previous decade was that the sole wrapped in a continuous piece of leather from the front part of the sole up under the arch and down the inside of the heel. The shoes I bought from him were terrifically comfortable! So maybe that was the reason. I’m sure they stopped doing that because it was more expensive to cut the sole that way! The cut of those heels was so flattering to a woman’s leg, so much more so than the chunky 1970s ones that were popular then.
    Thanks for this post!
    All the best,
    Nancy N

  4. Thank you!
    💕👠 pretend that’s a Louis heel 💕

  5. Pingback: Formal Frocks for the Holidays, December 1928 | witness2fashion

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