1913 Shoe Styles

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, February 22, 1913:  Mother and I went on a shopping expedition this morning. I doubted whether we’d ever get to Milton. The train was late, and it looked rainy. Ma got me a gray jacket suit, two waists, one is silk, and a pair of shoes which I think I will keep for graduation.

1913 shoe

All shoes from a Red Cross Shoe advertisements in Ladies Home Journal (April, 1913, October, 1913)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

It sounds like a fun shopping expedition. The shoes must have been very special if Grandma planned to save them for graduation.

Grandma and her mother probably rode the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg, and Berwick train to Watsontown. There was a flag stop at the feed mill near their farm. They probably then took the trolley to Milton.  According to my father, Grandma used to call the train the Sweet, Bye, and Bye because you never could tell when it would come.





14 Responses

  1. Oh, I wonder which pair of shoes were most similar to the ones Grandma got???

  2. It sounds like such a fun trip! I like the way she describes it. …you can picture the grey skies, the train, the clothes, and the shoes (thanks to you!). Love those shoes! My daughter-in-law actually bought a pair of boots for Christmas that look very similar to some antique styles like the one in the first picture. She has really enjoyed them and has received lots of compliments every time she wears them.

  3. ooohhh… I LOVE those “button up boots”… Bit of of “toss up” between Model 312 and Model 317…mmmhhh? I’ll a pair of each, thankyou dear mother :-)

  4. Model #290 would look right in style today! :)

  5. I had to chuckle when she thought they would never get to Milton..it probably takes me less time to drive from Williamsport than it took them by train and trolly. I love the shoes with the high ankles…

  6. Shopping was such a fun adventure for you Grandma, now it’s just drudgery. I dread every moment. That last pair of shoes would look cute in aqua :D

  7. I want those boots! One pair of each!

  8. I think that 317 would be my choice to see on the foot of a beautiful young lady :-).

  9. I love the pictures of the different style of shoes. I always love looking at the clothing of prior generations. Though sometimes they do look uncomfortable. II do like the two-strap patent leather pumps – I think they could be worn today!

  10. I’d be happy to wear those boots today…perhaps not in Darwin though;-)

  11. I have been looking at shoes this week, and I’ve seen some that must have been inspired from these styles! The shape of the heels, and boots with buttons – all over the place this year.

  12. The boots remind me of Disney’s Tarzan, ’cause it’s the style Jane wore. Wonder if they were comfortable?

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