1940 | ANDRE PERUGIA | THE ARCH-LESS SHOE OR: PERUGIA V/S LOUIS VUITTON ET AL


1940 | André Perugia | The arch-less shoe
Photograph by François Kollar
Source: Europeana

Spring 1940 | Paris Portfolio
André Perugia arch-less shoes
Unknown magazine

Now, while her (Mrs. Philip Lydig) shoes are on exhibition in the Museum of Costume Art (1), Perugia has brought out a new school of shoes that are triumphs of his craft, true museum pieces. Light and airy, with graceful curving lines, they are built with a space under the instep so that the natural arch of the foot is the only bridge between heel and toe. They are beautiful, bizarre, and wonderfully comfortable.

The Proud Foot
From: Harper's Bazaar | April 1940

1940 | André Perugia
The arch-less shoe Patent USD 119397
Source: Google Patents

1940 | André Perugia for Saks Fifth Avenue

1940 | André Perugia for Saks Fifth Avenue
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1940 | André Perugia
The arch-less shoe x-rayed

Above: 1940 André Perugia Archless Patent
Below: 2006 Extreme Babouche Hole Rip-Off Pump



ANDRE PERUGIA
BOTTIER
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FOOTNOTES

(1)
The astounding Rita de Acosta Lidyg collection of Pierre Yantorny shoes now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


(2)
Before & After LOUIS VUITTON


1950s | Unknown label | American
Source: SHOES (Workman Publishing, 1996)

CA. 1965 | Unknown label
White Patent Leather Faux Croc Vamp With Gold Wedge Heel

Arch-less shoes post Y2K

Top left - René van den Berg, 2000
Right - Nicola Lawler, 2012 - 2013 -Photograph: Regina Smith Popp
Bottom left - Alexander Wang, 2015


 

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