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  • Sandal
    Ferragamo, Salvatore, born 1898 - died 1960
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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ferragamo, Salvatore, born 1898 - died 1960 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Suede covered cork with kid and leather, and metal buckle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Wanda Ferragamo

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Salvatore Ferragamo probably created this model for the cinema or theatre. The sole is composed of cork layers covered with various coloured suedes. The inspiration for the original design and extremely high platform heel undoubtedly came from American musicals. In these theatrical productions, actresses swathed in shimmering fabrics and precious furs were often raised on golden pedestals, thus accentuating their star quality and distancing them from the general public.

Physical description

Sandal with the upper composed of gold kid straps, bordered with button-hole stitch. Metal buckle. Platform sole and heel in cork layers covered with various coloured suedes. Gold kid insole edge cover. Label. Beige kid lining and sock with gold kid heel sock. Leather sole.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1938 (made)


Ferragamo, Salvatore, born 1898 - died 1960 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Suede covered cork with kid and leather, and metal buckle

Marks and inscriptions

'Fortnum & Mason Ltd Piccadilly W / Ferragamo's creations Florence Italy'
Label on insole, at the heel.


Height: 19 cm, Length: 23 cm, Width: 8 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1988/276.

Descriptive line

Woman's platform sandal with sole composed of coloured suedes covering cork, designed by Salvatore Ferragamo, Italy, 1938

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Somewhere over the Rainbow
Ferragamo brought the high platform heel back into fashion in the late 1930s. Inspiration possibly came from musicals and the golden pedestals on which actresses were raised. But he apparently had Judy Garland in mind when he designed this sandal with its Technicolor, cinematic quality.
Rainbow sandal
Salvatore Ferragamo
Suede, gilded leather, leather and cork
Given by Wanda Ferragamo
V&A: T.84-1988 [2015-2016]


Suede; Cork (bark); Kid leather; Leather; Metal


Tanning; Padding (process); Stitching


Fashion; Footwear; Accessories; Women's clothes; Leather


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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