other shoe styles
HBC will collect information on other shoe styles here until sufficent information exists to create a separate page. Two-tone shoes were a popular style that was worn by both men an boys.
Another style of shoe comes to mind, two tone shoes. I think it appeared in the 1940s. I remember wearing them in the 1950s when dressing up. I recall the brown and white ones being the most common. One account is, "When I was about 10 in the 1960s, several of us 4th grade boys wore shoes that were leather lace ups, black soles, heels, backs and sides, but white on the tongue of the shoe and the top part over the toes, and black laces. Two tone shoes? Never did hear them referred to by style. Any ideas? Don't remember how we polished them; two different colors of shoe polish seem necessary. It was coincidental, of course, that we happened to have chosen similar shoes. We would have doubled over with laughter at the notion of shopping for coordinated clothes. But with these two tone shoes, new long trousers, and sport shirts, our new horn-rimmed glasses, and short hair held in place by Wildroot cream oil, my pals and I thought we looked sharp." I think they had rather much disappeared by the mid-1960s, but apparently not completely. A reader writes, " I found this comment very interesting since my son got this leather lace up shoes as a gift for his first birthday last December. His pair is very similar to this description. I was looking to see if I could find them online since my friend loved them and my search took me to your very interesting site. These have a black sole and heel with a thin white trim above
it; the sides and back of the shoes is white and the tongue and top part that covers the toes is navy blue. The laces are navy blue w/ a thin white line in the center. They are made in Portugal; that's all I know. Perhaps this are the "modern" version of the "two toned mentioned on your site." [Venetian]
Venetian, Zulaika A. E-mail message, March 18, 2004.
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