Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sandals

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
Not on view
Salvatore Ferragamo is credited with introducing the platform shoe in the late 1930s. As seen in this ankle-strap sandal, the platform, if only metaphorically, brings an anchoring weight to the wearer that is in direct opposition to the stiletto heel. With its reconfiguration of the arch and structure of attenuated insubstantiality, the high heel suggests the antigravitational effect of the dancer en pointe. On the other hand, the platform announces an earthbound weightiness more like the flat steps of modern dance. Particularly in the 1940s, platforms were designed with a high arch, but as exemplified here, they originated with the heel elevated only slightly above the toes.
Marking: [imprint] Ferragamo's, Florence
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landmark Shoe Presentation," August 7, 1973.

Iowa State University. "The Great American Foot," April 14, 1978–November 4, 1980.

Victoria and Albert Museum. "Fashion 1900–1939," December 12, 1975–1976.

Museum of Arts and Design. "The Great American Foot," April 14, 1978–June 30, 1978.

Junior Arts Center. "The Great American Foot," October 30, 1978–December 4, 1978.

Palace of Fine Arts. "The Great American Foot," January 28, 1979–March 4, 1979.

Bellevue Arts Museum. "The Great American Foot," April 6, 1979–May 2, 1979.

Milwaukee Art Museum. "The Great American Foot," July 1, 1979–September 9, 1979.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. "The Great American Foot," January 4, 1980–February 8, 1980.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts. "The Great American Foot," March 1, 1980–April 5, 1980.

San Antonio Museum of Art. "The Great American Foot," May 13, 1980–June 7, 1980.

Museum of Texas Tech University. "The Great American Foot," June 29, 1980–August 3, 1980.

Orlando Museum of Art. "The Great American Foot," August 5, 1980–September 29, 1980.

Huntington Museum of Art. "The Great American Foot," October 20, 1980–November 4, 1980.

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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