Saddle shoe

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Girl wearing saddle shoes and a poodle skirt

The saddle shoe is a low-heeled casual Oxford shoe, characterized by a plain toe and distinctive, saddle-shaped decorative panel placed mid foot. Saddle shoes are typically constructed of leather and are most frequently white with a black saddle, although any color combination is possible.

Boy (center) wearing saddle shoes at a Valentine's Day dance, 1956

Saddle shoes are worn by both men and women in a variety of styles ranging from ultra high platforms to golf cleats. According to The New York Times in 2009, in the United States, saddle shoes enjoyed a recent comeback among males in their teens, twenties, and thirties.[1]

Several years later the comic Blondie put them in a strip, where Alexander bought a new pair of shoes, and Dagwood tells him they were popular years and years ago. [2]

Some groups identify with this type of shoe irrespective of current fashion trends. Those associated with ska, sometimes known as rudeboys, often wear them in some combinations since both the classic look and the black/white color scheme represent the genre as a whole.

In 1957 Elvis Presley wore saddle shoes during Jailhouse Rock.[3]