Men’s shoes were sombre during the depression. Brown became increasingly popular, and even spectators or co-respondents were done in brown and tans. These two-toned Brogues reached their height of popularity during the 1930’s, possibly because they were a favourite style of the tap-dancing movie star Fred Astaire.
Boots had disappeared completely from men’s wear, except for labour. Brogues were considered the shoe to be worn by the respectable gentleman. Loafers made their first appearance in this decade as a fashionable style, and they have been with us ever since.