Ankle Strap Shoes

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
Assuming one has reasonable ankles and not cankles!, as shoes go, its a very sexy, flattering look. Ankle straps first came on the scene in the 1920s at a time when designers were getting a lot more adventurous with shoe styles.

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

Gabriella Rocha Women's Neve Ankle Strap Ballet Flat,Black,9 B (M) USMichael Antonio Women's Ladina Pump,Red,6.5 M USGUESS Women's Tokeni 2 Ankle-Strap Sandal,Green/Brown Leather,7.5 M USCharles by Charles David Women's Flute Ankle-Strap Sandal,Taupe,5 M USL.A.M.B. Women's Blade T-Strap Pump,Black,7.5 M USNine West Women's Footnote Pump,Black Leather,10 M USCharles Jourdan Collection Women's Felice Pump,Black,10 M USSteve Madden Women's Haylow T-Strap Sandal, Black Patent, 8.5 USWhite Mt. Women's Ultimate Ankle-Strap Sandal,Black,7.5 M USSteve Madden Women's Rafiia Wedge Sandal,Cognac Leather,5.5 M USCamper Women's 21361 Ankle-Strap Sandal,Fran,39 EU/9 M USNine West Women's Nathania Platform Pump,Green/Blue Satin,8 M USMichael Antonio Women's Globe Sandals,Turquoise,7.5 M USAnnie Shoes Women's Bright T-Strap Sandal,Gold,11 W USCharles David Women's Tribute Ankle-Strap Sandal,Brown Multi,8 M USAnnie Shoes Women's Engagement Ankle-Strap Sandal,Gold Satin,8.5 M US