Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 18981960)
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.