high-button shoes

high-button shoes

An example of something that is outdated or no longer fashionable. Women commonly wore high-button shoes through the early-20th century. I'm sorry, Grandma, but shag carpeting went out with high-button shoes—we really need to update your place.
See also: shoe

high-button shoes

A symbol of times past. Through the Victorian era up to the end of the first World War, women wore ankle-high boots that fastened with buttons. When the style lost favor with fashion, the footwear became of a symbol of a time gone by, surving in the scornful expression that an old-fashioned item or idea “went out with high button shoes.” Other such “went out with” objects were banjo picks, horse collars, and buggy whips.
See also: shoe
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At their feet--hers in slippers, his in high-button shoes he
It's not unusual, the Bags say, for a member of an audience to appear breathless backstage, holding out a pair of high-button shoes, a yellowed lace camisole or an antique straw hat.
Gamble could easily fasten her high-button shoes, Julian said.
We are hurtling headlong into a vortex of change at the speed of light; everything you thought you knew is obsolete; whatever devices you used to manage your company or your affairs, however well they have served you in the past (like those untroubled and predictable times of the 50s, 60s, and 70s), are as far out of fashion as high-button shoes.