The new tailored suit, which was fashionable for women’s daywear, required new, more business like shoes. Heels became lower, broader, and more angular. Suede was accepted for use on sensible walking shoes.
The new fad for outdoor activity brought sandals into prominence. Starting as beachwear, they developed into party wear, and by the end of the decade, had graduated into eveningwear. One can see their influence when looking at the open-sided T-strap sandals that were so popular in this decade.
Sneakers with rubber soles and linen uppers came into fashion, and were found to be comfortable and sturdy. The idea of a long-lasting shoe had to also be applied to eveningwear, however, and suede and kid replaced the silks and satins that had been popular early in the decade.
Black was the most popular colour for day shoes, but wine, maroon, and navy gradually established a foothold by the end of the decade.
Ankle high boots were a necessity for winter. These were usually made of suede, and were front laced.