Quote: "Beauty knows no boundaries, there is no saturation point of design, and the amount of materials a cobbler can beautify his creatures is infinite."
look: Sexy and comfortable: in 1936 he invented the wedge heel. And to provide more support, he reinforced his women's sandals with a steel spring. The feather made it possible to create toe-free shoes with high heels. For Audrey Hephurn Ferragamo created the legendary flat ballerina. He also experimented with materials such as brocade, chair covers, hummingbird feathers and bark (see quote). In World War II, he used cork or raffia instead of leather. The first "invisible" came from Ferragamo? Sandals with nylon straps (1947).
Breakthrough: The big breakthrough he achieved with the invention of wedges (wedge heels) in the thirties. These experienced a brilliant comeback in the late 1970s.
Bestseller: The flat ballerina, the cork wedges and women's sandals - in every conceivable color and shape.
Muse: Audrey Hepburn? The shoemaker himself invented the flat ballerina shoe for the movie star.
fans: Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Greta Garbo.
Trademark: Ferragamo himself was inconspicuously elegant - in a black tie and anthracite-colored new wool suit.
vices: Like all geniuses, Ferragamo was obsessed with his work. He was a real workaholic.
Hats off! High, higher highest: Thanks to the knowledge of the anatomy of the shoe expert, it is possible for us today, even on eleven-centimeter heels, to keep solid ground under your feet.
Salvatore Ferragamo in numbers:
Aged 9 Years ago he creates his first pair of shoes for his sister.
1955 He made by the invention of the steel-reinforced Stiletto paragraph of talk.
He and his wife Wanda got 6 Children who continue the family business.
Two years after his invention had 3/4 all women's shoes in the US a wedge heel.
The pumps for Marilyn Monroe had 11 Centimeters high heels.
He was the eleventh of 14 Children.
Greta Garbo settled down 70 Pair of the same Ferragamo model finished in different colors.
He worked in the 1950s 700 Experts, every day 350 Pair of shoes made.
When Ferragamo died in 1960, he left 350 Patents and almost 10.000 different shoe models.
Vita: Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Naples. Early on, he developed a love for shoes. After completing his apprenticeship, he opened his first shoemaker workshop in Bonito at the age of 13. At the age of 16, he went to the US, and came to Los Angeles as a poor immigrant to open a small workshop there. Quickly, the American Film Company became aware of the talented shoemaker and regularly booked him as an outfitter. Soon, stars such as Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo appeared in person in his workshop to order tailor-made shoes. The special thing about his shoes was that they were as extravagant as they were comfortable. Ferragamo endeavored to create the perfect shoe while attending anatomy lectures at the University of Los Angeles. His newly acquired knowledge gave him the idea to integrate steel springs into the shoe - these served to support the arch between sole and heel. In 1927 he returned to Italy and founded a manufactory in Florence with about 100 cobblers. In 1938 he bought the Palazzo Spini to design the majority of his nearly 10,000 shoe models. In 1960, the celebrated shoemaker died at the age of 62 in Florence. His wife Wanda has succeeded in creating a fashion empire together with her six children from the exclusive shoe manufactory. The family business is today the fourth largest luxury group in Italy. Ferragamo is now available from head to toe: in addition to shoes, the company also sells successful accessory lines and haute couture fashion. And still the Hollywood stars in Ferragamo shoes strut across the red carpet.
Photoshow: Salvatore Ferragamo