A new look at the origins of men’s and women’s footwear, the style’s first appearance in print and how it evolved
By Michael RaffertyPublished February 08, 2019 08:30:23The first article in a series by Michael Raffery on the history and design of men and women-only footwear is here.
A look back at the first time that a pair of shoes were worn by a man and a woman.
The history of men-only shoesFrom a time when men were not allowed to wear trousers, and only men were allowed to walk on a pair, the men’s shoe was a key part of a modern wardrobe, with a distinctive style, the distinctive design of which would have changed little if not for the fact that men could wear trousers.
The men’s shoes would have been so simple to wear that they were used by a lot of men in different circumstances, including working men.
The origins of the men-and-women-only shoeThis is a story of how the men and the women were able to create a modern style, without changing much in the way they looked or dressed.
The women, for their part, were able create their own style.
Men, for the most part, wore the shoes to work and play, but they also used them for casual occasions.
The story of the shoesWomen’s shoes became more common in the 19th century.
As men got more involved in the industrial revolution, they were able buy more women-made footwear to wear in their own workplaces, and women became more comfortable working in casual environments.
It was not uncommon to see women walking to work in women’s shoes.
The men’s style was also very different from the modern women’s style.
The modern women wear skirts and trousers, often with shoes, while the men often wear boots, with the soles of the boots providing a much more comfortable fit.
Women’s shoe designThe first woman-made men’s footwear was the “tram” in 1860, as this is the style we see in modern day, but the women who first created them were women who had previously been working in women-owned factories, such as Mary Ward and Mary Ward & Sons.
The women’s shoe style was very much in keeping with the industrial design that was being pioneered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but with the advent of the sewing machine, men’s work could now be done in a way that was both more casual and more flexible.
Women’s shoes had a wider range of styles to choose from, from plain leather to ankle-high heels, to even the more formal style known as the “lady’s shoe”, a more formal shoe with an ankle and a heel.
A women’s trolley styleThe first example of the “woman’s trolleys” style of men, which women could purchase from the 1870s to the 1890s, were made in England.
These were made of white leather with a small rubber sole and a round heel.
Women also could choose from a variety of designs, from the very modern, with simple leather sole to the very unusual, with lace on the soled.
Women also wore trolley shoes to get around at work.
It wasn’t unusual to see a woman working on a trolley, or even on a conveyor belt, to take her baby to nursery, or for her to leave home and walk from her home to the office.
These men’s trompe l’oeil shoes were a great way for women to show off their own fashion sense.
This was a fashion style, not a look, and many women did not like to be seen wearing the same thing twice.
Women had also become very comfortable with the idea of wearing shoes for casual purposes, and this led to the emergence of the woman’s shoe.
This became more and more popular during the industrialisation of the 19century, when women’s working days began to change.
Men’s shoe designsThe men would wear shoes with a wide range of shapes, from simple to more formal to even more formal.
These men’s styles were still very much based on the traditional “women’s” shoes, with their round heels and leather sole, but more importantly they were very different to the women’s styles.
Men’s styles would have more of a rounded heel and an ankle, with more rounded toe box, and the sole of the shoe was more open.
Women would also wear shoes that were less formal than men’s, as the modern “ladies’ shoes” were a bit more formal than the men would have liked.
They would have the round heel and the leather sole.
Women and women wearing a “lion’s share”The women who created the “ladies’ shoe” would have seen the need to do something different, so they invented a very simple and versatile version of the classic “ladys’ shoe”.
They made it out of white or tan leather, with leather sole and rounded heel.
This shoe would have no laces or other visible ad