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


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).