SHOES: No End to Rationing

WPB relaxed shoemaking restrictions on color and styling of many civilian shoes. Henceforth manufacturers may:

¶Make high heeled shoes and evening slippers for women, patent leather shoes and sandals for men, and use scrap leather bows as decorations.

¶Use any color leather. (Previously permitted: black, white, Army russet, town brown, natural colors.) Still barred: two-tone leather shoes.

The order meant little actual relief for the U.S. The restrictions had been a WPB effort to prevent rationing by making shoes less attractive. In lifting the restrictions, WPB's motive is to protect dealers by giving them fresh merchandise so they will not be caught...

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