Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1953
Not on view
Pietro Yantorny, the self-proclaimed "most expensive shoemaker in the world", was a consummate craftsman utterly devoted to the art of shoemaking. Yantorny sought to create the most perfectly crafted shoes possible for a select and exclusive clientele of the most perfectly dressed people.Yantorny expected to provide his clients with a full footwear wardrobe, and in a 1913 article for the New York Times, he enumerated the eleven different styles of shoes the fashionable lady required. This pair of blucher or derby shoes would have been suitable, according to Yantorny's advice, for a morning walk.