Designer Albion Italian

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The Osgood collection comprises 179 objects, chiefly fashionable Italian-made women's shoes dating from the years 1954 to 1958. The shoes were collected by Charline Osgood, Director of the Kid Leather Guild, a trade organization of American kid leather manufacturers. Highlighting the use of kid leather in footwear, the collection provides a fascinating and enticing view of high-style European shoe design from the period, representing many of the finest and most inventive Italian makers.
Use of color is appealing and playful in this pair of sandals. The detailed sock lining shows the high level of craftsmanship of better Italian makers, and from other examples seems to have been a hallmark of Albanese. The style was collected as an illustration of the contemporary Spanish and Flamenco influence on fashion, as well as the latest trends of ornamental lining and looped straps, and to show the distinctive placement of the heel forward under the foot.

Sandals, Albion (Italian), leather, Italian

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