Saddle shoe

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Saddle shoe
Girl wearing saddle shoes and a poodle skirt

The saddle shoe, also known as "saddle oxford", is a low-heeled casual shoe, characterized by a plain toe and saddle-shaped decorative panel placed mid foot.[1] Saddle shoes are typically constructed of leather and are most frequently white with a black or dark blue saddle, although any color combination is possible.

Saddle shoes are worn by both men and women in a variety of styles ranging from golf cleats to school uniform shoes. They have a reputation as the typical shoes of school-girls, especially in the 1940s.

In popular culture[edit]

In 1957 Elvis Presley wore saddle shoes in Jailhouse Rock.[2][3]

Bert from Sesame Street often wore saddle oxfords and they can be seen in his song and dance called "Doin' the Pigeon".[4]

The Peanuts comic strip character Lucy van Pelt wears saddle shoes.[5]

Character Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks is often seen wearing saddle shoes.[6][7][8]

Character Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls wears saddle shoes as a part of her school uniform.[9]


  1. ^ saddle shoe. (n.d.) Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary. (2010). Retrieved June 9, 2016 from
  2. ^ "What are Saddle Shoes? (with pictures)".
  3. ^ Moore, Jim (18 June 2010). "GQ Endorses: The Return of the Saddle Shoe".
  4. ^ Macedo, Diane (26 October 2010). "Sesame Street Tweet Sparks Rumors That Bert Is Out of the Closet".
  5. ^ "Is Lucy Van Pelt Jewish?". 1 February 1999.
  6. ^ Logan, Elizabeth. "The Return of 'Twin Peaks' Has Us All Nostalgic For Its 90s Fashion".
  7. ^ Garis, Mary Grace. "So, You Want To Dress Like Audrey Horne?".
  8. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Did Twin Peaks Just Reveal the Key to Waking Agent Cooper Up?".
  9. ^ Builder, Maxine. "How To Dress Like Rory Gilmore For Halloween".

External links[edit]

Media related to Saddle shoes at Wikimedia Commons