That 70′s Shoe

We recently attended an exhibit  presented by ANCI (Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association) of historical models originating from Italian footwear Museums and seen for the first time in the United States. The venue was MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The theme of the selection, which has been curated by ALDO PREMOLI (Art director) is the PLATFORM shoe: “INNER TREASURES – The secret story of the fashionable platform in Italy”.

On display are examples of designs that run through the history of Italian footwear from the 1930′s to the mid 1970′s. While Women’s shoes make up the majority of the collection it was surprising and quite amusing to see the Men’s styles from the 1970′s. Long ago and oh so far away, we were “Superstars”.

1970; Men’s shoe with black polka dot yellow platform. Heel and upper in white leather.

1970 - Leffot

P. Bertolini International Footwear Museum, Vigevano

1970; Men’s boots with multicolor upper. Platform and heels in contrasting leather.

1970 (2)- Leffot

P. Bertolini International Footwear Museum, Vigevano

1972; Men’s loafer with kid suede upper. Cork wedge and leather sole.

1972 (4) - Leffot

Zaffaroni private collection

1972; Men’s shoe with upper in multicolor kid suede. Cork wedge and leather sole.

1973 (2)- Leffot

Zaffaroni private collection

1973; Men’s laced shoe in black and burgundy buffalo. 5 cm heel.

1972 (3) - Leffot

Giannini private collection

1973; Men’s clog with two color suede upper. Wood painted platform. Grained plastic sole.

1973 (3)- Leffot

Zaffaroni private collection

1974; Men’s loafer with nabuk upper, large metal buckle and para rubber sole.

1974 (4)- Leffot

Zaffaroni private collection

1975 – Men’s loafer in grain calf with laced strap and fringe. Natural para rubber wedge.

1975- Leffot

Renzo Rossetti private collection
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