9 Totally Modern Takes On The Classic Saddle Shoe

If you're sporty, then you should technically be the saddle shoe's number-one fan.
Why, might you ask? Bet you didn't know that saddles are the grandfather of all athletic shoes. They originated in the early 1900s as a more-supportive option for tennis and squash players. Basically, we owe the conception of "walking on pillows" to these fancy, two-toned oxfords. Not to mention, it's rare to find anything that stays fashionable for more than a century.
We've rounded up some updated takes on the classic saddle shoe. We don't recommend playing squash or tennis in them, but we do suggest dropping your new historical knowledge on anyone who throws a compliment your way.
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Burberry Prorsum Haircalf and Leather Brogues, $600, available at MyTheresa.
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BDG Saddle Flatform-Sneaker, $24.99, available at Urban Outfitters.
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F Troupe Butterfly Effect, $204.95, available at Solestruck.
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Alexander Wang Ingrid Oxford, $403, available at Forward by Elyse Walker.
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Bass x Rachel Antonoff Who's That Girl Oxford, $168, available at Nasty Gal.
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Bed|Stü Hathaway Saddle Shoe, $155, available at Free People.
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rag & bone Dunn Oxford, $550, available at rag & bone.
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Underground Howard Black & White Pointed Flat Shoes, $165.38, available at ASOS.
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Robert Clergerie Roelf, $728, available at The Corner.