The style of the shoes that Americans wore in the “golden age” (1920-1940) was entirely dependent on the material and design choices of the footwear manufacturers, not on any particular brand. As the 1920s progressed, American shoe companies began to expand their offerings, and the kinds of shoes they produced in response to those expanding needs. The most common form of footwear at this time was a loafers. (If “loafer” means “loose fitting,” this is correct.) These shoes featured a long front and back, a leather upper and a wide, curved sole. The traditional loafers featured toe boxes which were narrow at the top and wide in the middle, with a small heel pocket to accommodate the laces. In general, loafer design was very popular: a good example is the classic style worn by Joe E. Brown in the 1950s. Other popular styles included the “chunky” (a.k.a. “champagne toe”) loafers in the 1920s, as well as the “pigtails” — a style of loafers featuring raised “pigtail toes” with narrow toe boxes and long soles. There were a handful of other styles, such as the “strawberry” loafers of the 1930s, as well as several classic styles.
The 1930s saw the introduction of shoes with high-heeled, high-waist (i.e. very narrow) shoes, known as “bucket toe” shoes. These shoes were popular because they fit well for most men with wide feet, and because they did not require too much foot dexterity or dexterity at the ankle. The “bucket” style of shoe did not become quite as popular as they became in the 1920s. The “lame duck” (or “leather shoe”) was not a type of loafers, but a type of high-waisted boots called “sugar loafers” or “sugary loafers,” both of which were made with thick, full-grain leather. While there were some interesting “high loafers” produced throughout the late 1920s, the typical loafers of the 1930s and into the Great Depression appeared more at the expense of comfort.
Many other styles of shoes were also used during the 1920s during an era known as the Great Gatsby, a period that is characterized by a wide variety of American styles and influences. This was just one of many eras — “The New York Style”