The Swing Era was the period of time (1935–1946) when big band swing music was the most popular music in the United States. Though swing music was most popular during this period, the style had actually been around since the late 1920s and early 1930s, being played by black bands led by such artists as Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Moten, Cab Calloway, and Fletcher Henderson. As well as musicians and arrangers with the white bands from the 1920s like Russ Morgan and Isham Jones. Many historians believe that the Swing Era started with Benny Goodman’s performance at the Palomar Ballroom on August 21, 1935, bringing the music to the rest of the country. ~ read more wiki – but we like to think it started in 1927 with Shorty George Snowden being asked by a reporter what they called the dance they were doing. Lindbergh had just crossed the Atlantic and all the papers had some variation of “Lindy Hops Atlantic” as headlines. The dance was pretty hoppy and legend has it that he said, “Well, I guess they’re doing the ‘Lindy Hop’!”
Swing Era Shoes is dedicated to celebrating the footwear of this era and, as we love the history and styles that contributed to and were influenced by that footwear; distinguishing Swing Era Shoes from that which came both before and afterwards. The craftsmanship and artwork that went into these pieces set the mold for the trends of those days. I hope you enjoy the era as much as we do, and please feel free to leave some love!