Ankle straps, as the name suggests, are shoes that have single or multi straps around the ankles - as opposed to a sling back, which has a strap around the top of the heel.
|Sam Edelman ankle strap shoes|
As skirts had got considerably shorter, shoes became a more prominent part of an outfit - a feature, rather than something which peeped out from the bottom of a long skirt.
However it was in the glamour decade of the 1940s that ankle strap shoes really hit their stride. During this decade many a Hollywood style queen strutted her slim ankles in high heels and ankle straps.
Since then a variety of shoe styles has come and gone but ankle straps remain an option - their ultra-feminine, distinctive look is always an eye catcher on a nicely turned ankle.
|Dorothy Lamour in 1940s white ankle straps|
|1920s inspired cow wrinkle patent leather Nolita shoes. At Mimco|