The uproar created over the New Look, with its softer shoulder and longer, fuller skirt, went down to footwear — it was inevitable that the well-turned ankle would be the focus and shoe designs had to follow. Above were the newer styles: The broad t-strap, the ankle circlet and the oblique. Life magazine marveled at these designs, commenting that “…the strange geometry of the straps is the most startling innovation.” Photo from Life magazine, September 1947.

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