saddle shoe


: an oxford-style shoe having a saddle of contrasting color or leather

called also saddle oxford

Examples of saddle shoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to loafers, the saddle shoe was associated with college style in the 1940s and ‘50s. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 29 Aug. 2021 By the end of the 1940s, the saddle shoe was a top shoe choice for teenage girls. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 29 Aug. 2021 Attendees are encouraged to wear poodle skirts, saddle shoes, penny loafers and leather jackets and dance the afternoon away. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2019 Come dressed in your saddle shoes and poodle skirt and feel the nostalgia of 60 years past. Sam Boyer,, 30 Aug. 2019 In an anachronistic twist, while the atmosphere and the music scream 1950s, the guests have traded their poodle skirts for bathing suits underneath cover-ups and their saddle shoes for flip flops. Michelle Matthews |, al, 7 Aug. 2019 Fiordiligi and Dorabella first appear in bobby socks and saddle shoes—concealed the darker desires that infuse everything about Così fan tutte. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, 27 Mar. 2018 In my memory, Rachel Antonoff's collaboration with Bass (yes, of Weejuns fame) was perhaps the first time wearing polka-dot saddle shoes in coordinating colors could be considered a deliberate, nice-looking choice. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, 10 Jan. 2017 Growing up Catholic in America in the mid-century was a heady, paradoxical blend of excitement and repression, glamour and asceticism, mystery and cruelty, sensuality and sexism, beautiful lace mantillas and ugly saddle shoes. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, 11 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saddle shoe was in 1936

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“Saddle shoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

saddle shoe

: a shoe having a piece of different color or leather across the instep
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