When first trying on our saddle shoes please stand on carpet to check size.
A return or exchange for a different size will not be accepted if the shoe bottoms are scuffed.
Saddle Shoes History
Saddle shoes are formal two-toned (usually black and white) leather shoe. The toe and back of the shoe are white and the name comes from the saddle of black leather on the middle part which has the eyelets. Spalding, the sporting goods company first created the saddle shoe in 1906 as a “gym shoe”. The overlaying saddle on the shoe was fashioned to give it additional strength at the stress point per an old Spalding advertisement. During the 1920s students wore the Spalding saddle shoes for sports such as tennis, field hockey, fencing, and badminton. The students enjoyed the saddle shoes so much they continued to wear them as “street shoes.” Spalding soon realized the original rubber sole did not function as a “street shoe” so they contacted an automotive brake lining producer to supply them with a better quality rubber; hence the famous “Spalding Coral Sole” was created. These days the saddle shoe has been revitalized by countless manufacturers and is worn primarily as a fashion shoe or costume shoe.