I love the elegant shapes of 1920s shoes, examined in some detail in the blog Witness2Fashion. (See also here). One fashion alternative from the era was the shoe with many straps. I found a photo of a pair, this one with high heels, in the informative book Ladies’ Vintage Accessories.
If my photo collection is at all representative, many older women shied away from the delicate pumps of the era. Perhaps they didn’t offer enough support for those who had started to worry about stability. But not everyone wanted to go around in sensible oxfords.
Some came with center straps and looked a little like the high fashion “cage” shoes of that the late 2000s, but with much lower heels.
Whatever the case, I wish someone would consider reissuing the style. I would snap it up right away.