Design House: Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, founded 1929)

Designer: Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960)

Date: 1948–50

Culture: Italian

Medium: leather

Credit Line: Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973

Accession Number: 1973.282.6


Ferragamo's lush purple suede and gold metallic kid leather shoe is an exquisite example of historical influence in Italian fashion; the model reworks the basic construction of a fifteenth-century Italian men's shoe, almost always made of a tough leather and fitted with a soft-pointed toe. The wedge construction, thought to be both charmingly modern and instinctively reminiscent of the chopine, also dating to the fifteenth century, consolidates Ferragamo's eloquent historical recollection. The rich purple and gold colors seem to complete the design, recalling the eclectic and colorful banners of the Italian Renaissance.