Since when have you needed to visit a shoemaker? That used to be in a very active business. These shoes from the past show what the past was really like. Ladies needed to have a pair of dress shoes for church or shopping and you probably remember (if you are older) that ladies did not wear pants except for doing hard labor in the fields. These pictures are of a pair of high heeled dress shoes.
When they became aged you just kept wearing them and you took them to the shoemaker and he'd put on new soles. Looks as if these have also had some new inside pieces. I'm not sure why I bought these things at a flea market but I did several years ago. Perhaps they reminded me of my mother who wore similar shoes, only wore dresses except when working in tobacco fields or other farm labor and lived through some really hard times. Lots of folks are having hard times now but the shoes now are probably more comfortable. This was before tennis shoes, right?