Prior to this generation, brown and white and black and white spectators were equally popular. The spectator was originally constructed of willow calf leather and white buck or reverse calf suede. The white portion was sometimes made from a mesh material, for better ventilation in hot weather. They became popular as dressy sports shoes, after the Duke of Windsor adopted them. Golf made spectators popular, with spikes. Spectators for men were most in fashion in the 1930s and 40s, diminishing in favor in the 1960s, but making a return in the 1990s with retro and rockabilly, plus swing nostalgia growing in popularity. Both actor Craig T. Nelson, as Chief Jack Mannion in the CBS TV series The District, and actor-director Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin in the A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, were seen sporting black-and-white spectators. Today, spectators made of white buck or suede are rare and generally custom made; commercial ready-to-wear manufacturers typically use white calf leather or synthetic materials.
For women, spectator pumps have been considered, during certain periods, to be very high fashion. After their loss of popularity in the early 1950s, when sling-backed and sandaled, thinner pumps became stylish, they returned to fashion in the early 1980s. Perennially favorite in England, their high-fashion appeal went with the polka-dot and black-and-white, red-and-white, navy-and-white, etc. combination dress ensembles trendy during this time. Joan Collins frequently sported them on Dynasty, with her dramatic hats and black and white suits and dresses. Julia Roberts wears a low-heeled version to the polo match in Pretty Woman. Their popularity for women, again, comes and goes — they are most suited for high-fashion or British-inspired clothing, and with their white color, most appropriate for women's spring and summer wear.
The spectator shoe is also known as the "correspondent shoe."
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