Design House: Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, founded 1929)

Designer: Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960)

Date: 1938

Culture: Italian

Medium: leather, cork

Credit Line: Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973

Accession Number: 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.