saddle shoe
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈsædl̩ ʃuː/

saddle shoe (plural saddle shoes)

  1. A shoe, resembling an oxford, which has a saddle of a leather or color different from the rest of the shoe.
    • 1994, Frank W. Hoffmann; William G. Bailey, “Saddle Shoes”, in Fashion & Merchandising Fads (Haworth Popular Culture), Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press, ISBN 978-1-56023-031-1; republished New York, N.Y.; Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2014, ISBN 978-1-317-95292-3, page 212 ↗:
      Saddle shoes were first manufactured by Spalding in 1906 as an accessory for tennis and squash. The saddle was not initially conceived of with style in mind; it functioned as an orthopedic girdle that reinforced the instep and held the shoe together against the strain of fast starts and jolting steps. […] Saddle shoes finally caught on in the 1920s as a result of Spalding's decision to outfit the bottom with spikes and go after the golf market.
  • German: Sattelschuh

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