I consider these lace-up Oxfords “old lady” shoes, although I have noticed that they come back into style for younger wearers off and on. In my growing photograph collection, I can document women wearing them over a forty-four year period—an incredibly long time for any one style to last.
One of my cousins is a physical therapist specializing in older clients; according to her, lace up shoes with a firmly fitting heel are the best thing for older women to wear in order to avoid falls—so maybe there is a good reason that this style stayed so popular for so long.
Do you have a photo that you could send showing someone wearing these shoes before 1915 or after 1959? I would love to share it!