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Shoes: The Past 10 Decades Decoded

The rule of thumb in the fashion industry is that “fashion repeats itself every thirty years.” This seems to be the time when designers need to go back in time and draw inspiration from a different er

The rule of thumb in the fashion industry is that “fashion repeats itself every thirty years.” This seems to be the time when designers need to go back in time and draw inspiration from a different era, further helping them to transform their designs to the modern age using a style that the masses already know, love and highly approve. This notion has been around for ages, and it’s important for designers to look back at the fundamentals of shoe design in decades past in order to move forward and build their legacy.

10 The 20’s

9 The 30’s

8 The 40’s

During this time period, shorter skirts were becoming more and more popular, which meant that women were paying more and more attention to both their panty hose and shoes alike, this becoming known as the “flapper style.” Heels on shoes were growing to between two and two and a half inches, and while the dressy oxfords were still being worn in different variations, the two types of shoes that were becoming increasingly popular were the cluded pumps that featured a t-shaped strap.

7 The 50’s

6 The 60’s

5 The 70’s

4 The 80’s

3 The 90’s

2 2000-2010

1 2010-Current

Starting in this decade the wedge heel became increasingly popular for shows year round. Women wore them in the warm months with sandals and in the cold months as boots and shoes. Flats also became popular as well and highly acceptable for women the same way they were for men. Flats of all kinds were being worn from the classic ballet flats with a modern twist as well as with a pointed toe. So far, this is a decade of individuality where consumers are making more conscious decisions about what is working best for them in their lives instead of designers always setting the trends.

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