When Paul Andrew, the newly-minted creative director of Ferragamo, was dreaming up the latest footwear silhouettes for the Spring 2018 runway, he went straight to the brand’s colorfully inspired and boundary-breaking archives. From his research, Andrew developed a new process for the brand in which he found shoes galvanized in Italian car factories (“Unheard of!” according to Andrew) and others with colorways influenced directly by the sculptor and video artist Richard Serra.
True to its bold aesthetic, the label sent models down the runway wearing a selection of scarlet-hued heeled mules, python-embellished boots, and sandals in a variety of supple leathers. The unifying force that brought it all together? A gilded flower-shaped heel rendered in an array of different heights and widths. The reference points were a pair of 1956 caged heels and 1939 column heel sandals. “Both shapes were unique creations of their time,” says Andrew. “But as time passes, fashion evolves in design—weight, shape, the general architecture. With a sleeker silhouette and venturing to create something new from something old, the combination of the two heels speaks to an entirely fresh-faced generation of Ferragamo women.” In fact, both of these mid-century shoes were ahead of their time in their design: The heel acted as a removable case so that the wearer could swap out various styles in different circumstances.