This week 50 years ago, National Shoe Week occurred.
On the 5th of March 1969, the Irish Independent published a feature about National Shoe Week. This week intended to promote shoes as an integral part of the fashion world.
According to the article, this week was “devised by
50 years later, we have had a complete flip in our perception of shoes. People today wear shoes mainly for fashion reasons. We purchase shoes that we think are fashion-forward and sometimes do not even consider the practical functions of shoes such as warmth or comfort.
Surrounding the article in the Irish Independent are advertisements for various shoe styles, brands and stores. Below are the 2019 versions of the styles and brands you see in this 1969 article:
The Slingback Court Shoe
The original style is described in the article as having a chunky heel and brogue punching on the toe, however, here we see the style modernised with a slim pointed heel and pointed toe. Available from here from Topshop.
The 1969 Dunlop ‘Roadster’ boot, intended to provide
The Patent shoe
This style is seen in the newspaper as a patent shoe with a short chunky heel and slingback strap. Today we have many styles of
Shoes have become an integral part of the fashion scene in the last 50 years. Many shoe styles have remained but been adapted to fit in with the fashion trends of 2019.