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.
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.
Kidskin sandal with
layered cork sole and heel
covered in suede.
This shoe was designed for Judy Garland, 1938.
Suede and kidskin pump,
Sandal with black velvet upper
and silver kidskin trim.
Wooden high heel and sole,
lined with silver and gold kidskin, 1940.
Black satin sandal.
‘Kimo’ sock in satin or kidskin.
This sandal was sold
with an assortment of interchangeable socks, 1951.
Suede sandal with carved and painted wood wedge sole and heel, 1943.
Gold kidskin sandal
with pyramid heel, 1930.
Sandal with kidskin and nylon vamp.
F-shaped wooden wedge sole, 1947.
in printed pony skin
and black calfskin, 1963.
in blue and white kidskin,
cut out for a fish scale effect,
Satin and kidskin sandal,
with cork sole and heel
covered in a mosaic of tiny pieces
of glued reflective glass, 1939.
Hand-painted canvas pump,
depicting sailing ships, 1930-1935.
with multicoloured suede embellishment,
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.
Antelope skin shoe
with ‘horned toe’, 1938.