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  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, glass, rubber, metal and leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Creme mules with Spring-o-lator elastic bridge and metal heel

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, glass, rubber, metal and leather


Height: 100 mm, Width: 73 mm, Depth: 180 mm

Descriptive line

Pair of mules, Paulette Original, 1955-1961, probably USA

Labels and date

4. 'Spring-o-lator' mules
Probably USA
Paulette Original
Silk satin, glass, rubber, metal and leather
V&A: T.93:1, 2-2014

1950s Innovation (Object No. 4)
These mules feature two innovations. The heels have a cantilevered structure. X-Ray analysis has revealed that this was cast in one piece, which was very innovative technology for the time. There is also an elastic bridge, a 'Spring-o-lator', to the insole of the shoe, which keeps the foot firmly inside the mule. [2015]


Silk; Glass; Rubber; Metal; Leather


Footwear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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