February 13, 1943

Men’s Shoes Also Restricted
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) yesterday placed several restrictions on women’s and men’s shoes to conserve leather and ensure supply for military uses as well as to maintain availability of footwear for civilians. The height of the heel on women’s shoes is limited to two and five-eighths inches. Additionally platform heels and effects are prohibited on shoes with a heel of more than one and five eighths inches. Colors are also limited to black, white, army russet, and town brown. Men’s shoes will no longer include patent leather options and metal-spiked golf shoes, which are also banned in women’s shoes. However, the WPB assured the public there would be “ample style variety” despite the mandated changes and that consumers will not be affected until at least the fall.

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