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Shoes

Designer:
Katharina Denzinger
Manufacturer:
Herbert Levine Inc. (American, founded 1949)
Date:
1965
Culture:
American
Medium:
leather, polyvinylchloride, polyurethane
Credit Line:
Gift of Herbert Levine Inc., 1973
Accession Number:
1973.276.29a, b
Not on view

The increasingly common use of plastics for footwear in the 1960s allowed the designer free rein for whimsical interpretation. This shoe, made of clear, colored and mirrored vinyl shapes, and trimmed with molded plastic "headlights," is designed to look like a race car, complete with numeric designation and "windshield" upper. The bright colors of the shoe fit the Pop Art and Space Age aesthetic of the 1960s, also apparent in garments designed by Rudi Gernreich (1922–1985) and André Courrèges (born 1923).

Marking: [imprint] Herbert Levine
Iowa State University. "The Great American Foot," April 14, 1978–November 4, 1980.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bare Witness," April 2, 1996–August 18, 1996.

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.

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