As a little boy, I wore navy and white saddle shoes. Since then, I have owned several different variations on the saddle, usually of the dirty bucks persuasion.
The Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion defines the saddle oxford or saddle shoe as a “sport or school shoe usually made of white buck calf with a brown or black leather “saddle” shaped section over the middle of the shoe. Usually made with rubber soles, it has been a basic style since the 1920s, very popular in the 1940s, and still worn.”
Until seeing these photos, I associated the white saddle shoe with toddlers in sailor suits, cheerleaders in bobby socks, and Cybil Shepherd’s Jacey in The Last Picture Show. Now, thanks to The Pursuit Aesthetic, I want a pair of the whites.
Here are a few variations on the theme: