Fashion, Style, Sustainability

#onepieceamonth investment Jan17: Vintage Ferragamo


Will I continue with the #onepieceamonth challenge in 2017? You bet I will, more determined than ever. Looking back at this first year of slow fashion I can only say one thing: easy to do and an absolute bless for the mind. The craving for buying is simplygone.
Another conclusion is that items find their way to me. Casually in a store window, Insta post or magazine, collaborations with high quality brands or lovely gift from friends. Yes, gifts count as well. A piece is a piece is piece.
Speaking of gifts. My dear contributing editor Tanja discovered a great vintage find: Salvatore Ferragamo shoes from the seventies. In immaculate condition but they appeared too small once she tried them again at home.
Uh, too small? Shoes can never be too small for me. Shoes not being small is almost a traumatic experience since my early youth. Guess what I found on my doorstep?

Ferragamo Salvatore

Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Find

Square toes, square heels and small matt golden Ferragamo buckle on top. Made from the most beautiful leather inside and out. They probably spend the last 30 years or so in a shoe box (my guess is they appeared too small for the first owner as well).
Due to the old lady loafer look these shoes look great under jeans or leather pants. Trendy while keeping comfortable, I like.

Ferragamo celebrities

Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian shoe art

Ferragamo was one the first famous Italian shoemakers in Hollywood in the 1920’s and created shoes for many a famous actress. We all know the suede ballerina with strap he designed for Audrey Hepburn. An iconic style ever since.

“I’ve divided women, my clients, in three categories: Cinderella, Venus and Aristocratic. The Cinderella fit smaller shoes than the size 6. Venus fit a size 6; the Aristocratic 7 or above “.
__ Salvatore Ferragamo

Despite the fact that his US adventure was a short one, when he returned to Florence in the 1930’s his clients stayed faithfull and kept ordering shoes.
One of his revolutionary designs we still wear today: the cork wedge. They made a huge impact on the world of fashion as did his Invisible Sandals in the fifties. A long list of stars including Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren and Lauren Bacall had their personal shoe moulds in his atelier.
After his death in 1960, his wife and family carried on the tradition of high quality and comfortable shoes. What started as a one-man store almost hundred years ago results in over 500 flagship stores today. And a Ferragamo museum in Florence with archives of his work and iconic shoes. Many, many shoes.

Never expected that my small feet would land me such a great gift. Tnx, Tanja!


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  • Reply Annelies at

    Great idea the one-piece -a-month challenge….especially when one has exquisite good style and taste like YOU ❤

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