Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sandals

Designer:
Albanese (Italian)
Date:
ca. 1958
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
leather, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Margaret Jerrold Inc., 1965
Accession Number:
2009.300.1553
Not on view
Italian shoe designers experimented with many variations of the slender stiletto heel of the later 1950s. As the height and thinness increased, an internal steel shank was introduced to prevent breakage, inspiring some inventive designers to dispose of the outer material all together and present models with spindly metal heels. This ingenious design shows and extreme reduction of the sandal form to its most essential elements. Italian heels of this period were often set well under the foot to provide stability; the architectural cant of this blade-like heel looks peculiar, but is a structural necessity.
Marking: Stamped: "Designed by Albanese/Via Lazio/?"
Brooklyn Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," May 30, 2015–August 9, 2015.

Palm Springs Art Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 4, 2015–December 13, 2015.

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