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Pair of shoes
  • Pair of shoes
    Ferragamo, Salvatore, born 1898 - died 1960
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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stitched suede, calf, cork

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Georgia Gates Grunfield

  • Museum number:

    T.34:1, 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Increasing freedom in dress in the 1930s encouraged ingenuity of design. It was late in this decade that wedge heels and platform shoes swept into fashion, popularised by Salvatore Ferragamo. Wedges had already been seen on 1920s rubber bathing shoes and resort sandals but Ferragamo brought this up to date with modernistic designs, "spool" heels and layered cork soles. Ferragamo also designed extraordinary platform-soled sandals inset with mosaics of gilded glass, encrusted with jewels and covered with rainbows of coloured suede, as can be seen on the heel of this patchwork suede shoe. A study of the chronological sequence of his work revealed that he would return again and again to a theme invented earlier, giving it a new twist by combining it with other motifs. Shoes similar to this one can be seen in 'Salvatore Ferragamo: The Art of the Shoe 1927-1960', by Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti, Valerie D. Mendes and Stefania Ricci. This shoe combines popular Ferragamo motifs of the late 1930s such as strips of coloured suede with the patchwork of stitched suede, a motif of the later 1940s.

Physical description

Sandal with patchwork upper in alternating rectangular pieces of blue, red, yellow and green suede, sewn together with open stitch in white calf. Red and blue suede sling-back strap with metal buckle. Wedge heel of cork covered with strips of coloured suede.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1945 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Stitched suede, calf, cork


Height: 7.75 cm heel, Length: 20 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Wedge heels and platform shoes came into fashion in the late 1930s.

Descriptive line

Multicoloured patchwork suede shoe, Ferragamo, Italy, 1947

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Aschengreen Piacenti, Kirsten, Valerie D. Mendes and Stefania Ricci, 'Salvatore Ferragamo: The Art of the Shoe 1927-1960', foreword by Roy Strong. Florence: Centro Di della Edifimi and Victoria & Albert Museum. 138, 184-185 pp. ISBN 8870381366.


Suede; Calf; Cork


Hand stitched


Fashion; Footwear; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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