Designed by Pierre Cardin (French, born 1922)
Leather, metal; L. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Gift of Pierre Cardin, 1977 (1977.25.16c,d)
In the 1960s, shoe designers began to experiment with new materials, especially synthetics and plastics. This shift was due in part to a steep rise in the price of leather, and also to changing notions of what constituted the "modern" look. Designers embraced the new synthetic materials, which seemed ideally suited to clothing and footwear in the era of Space Age technology. Cardin's boots combine geometric shapes with another feature not commonly seen in footwear prior to the 1960s, the zipper closure.