T-Strap Sandal

The women's T-strap sandal was first popularized during the 1920s as women began to show off more of their legs and feet. The style featured a pointed toe with a strap that reached toward the ankle from the center of the toe to a horizontal strap circling the ankle. The style covered just the woman's heel and toes but otherwise showed a great deal of the foot, in keeping with the revealing styles of time. Typically the shoes had a one-to two-inch heel. The T-strap was one of the more popular styles for evening wear in the 1930s and early 1940s. However, by the mid-1930s the toe of the shoe became more rounded and the heel lowered, and by the mid-1940s the simple pump was preferred.

The T-strap sandal offered elegance as well as a sexy peek at skin. Reproduced by permission of © .


Mulvagh, Jane. Vogue History of 20th Century Fashion. New York: Viking, 1988.

Pratt, Lucy, and Linda Woolley. Shoes. London, England: V&A Publications, 1999.

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