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  • Ankle-strap sandal, 1938
    Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960)
    Leather, cork, metal

    L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
    Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973 (1973.282.2)

    Salvatore Ferragamo is credited with introducing the platform shoe in the later 1930s. As seen in this ankle-strap sandal, the platform brings an anchoring weight to the wearer that is in direct opposition to the stiletto heel. Particularly in the 1940s, platforms were designed with a high arch, but as exemplified here, they originated with the heel only slightly above the toes.

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    Ankle-strap sandal, 1938
    Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960)
    Leather, cork, metal

    L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
    Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973 (1973.282.2)


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