home Discover Collection

Collection
Collection

The museum’s shoe collection documents Salvatore Ferragamo’s entire career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to his death in 1960. It also includes shoes produced from the time of his death to the present day.

image-white
Chiudi

The shoe collection

Several shoe styles reveal Salvatore Ferragamo’s relationships with artists of his day, such as the futurist painter, Lucio Venna who created sketches for advertisements and the famous label on Ferragamo shoes. Others document his continuous search for the perfect fit and the special shoe constructions he invented, as well as the unusual materials he used, from the famous cork ‘wedge’ patented in 1936 and immediately imitated all over the world, to uppers made out of raffia, cellophane and the transparent paper used for chocolates during World War II. The collection also includes shoes that were famous because they were made for Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn.

 

sandalo_sughero_camoscio

Kidskin sandal with
layered cork sole and heel
covered in suede.
This shoe was designed for Judy Garland, 1938.

Suede and kidskin pump,
1958-1959.

image-white
decollete_camoscio
sandalo_velluto_nero

Sandal with black velvet upper
and silver kidskin trim.
Wooden high heel and sole,
lined with silver and gold kidskin, 1940.

image-white
sandalo_calza_kimo

Black satin sandal.
‘Kimo’ sock in satin or kidskin.
This sandal was sold
with an assortment of interchangeable socks, 1951.

image-white
sandalo_zeppa_legno
dettaglio_zeppa_legno

Suede sandal with carved and painted wood wedge sole and heel, 1943.

Gold kidskin sandal
with pyramid heel, 1930.

image-white
sandalo_tacco_piramide
Patents and Inventions
 Patents and Inventions
sandalo_nylon_rosso

Sandal with kidskin and nylon vamp.
F-shaped wooden wedge sole, 1947.

image-white
Materials and Techniques
 Materials and Techniques

Ankle boot
in printed pony skin
and black calfskin, 1963.

image-white
stivaletto_zebrato
Colours
 Colours
scarpa_allacciata_squame

Lace-up shoe
in blue and white kidskin,
cut out for a fish scale effect,
1938-1939.

image-white
sandalo_sughero_dorato

Satin and kidskin sandal,
with cork sole and heel
covered in a mosaic of tiny pieces
of glued reflective glass, 1939.

image-white
decollete_dipinta_mano
dettaglio_dipinto_velieri

Hand-painted canvas pump,
depicting sailing ships, 1930-1935.

Suede shoe
with multicoloured suede embellishment,
1935-1938.

image-white
scarpa_allacciata_applicazioni
sandalo_zeppa_sughero

Kidskin and satin sandal.
Cork wedge sole
lined with velvet
and brass trestle with rhinestones.
This shoe was created for
the Maharani of Cooch Behar in 1938.

image-white
scarpa_allacciata_corno

Antelope skin shoe
with ‘horned toe’, 1938.

image-white