1947 | MARTIN FRIEDMANN, JR | THE CANTILEVER HEEL | PART 2

Martin Friedmann, Jr. | Patent No. 2,424,609
Filed January 4, 1946 | Granted July 29, 1947
Source: Google Patents
2006 | Manolo Blahnik
The model ARUNIUM

OR A PATENT 
Each drawing and each shoe is inspired by something in my mind. Whether it is a film, a woman, a smell or a view. 
Manolo Blahnik
aRude magazine, 2010


The model ARUNIUM | Drawing by Manolo Blahnik
Source: Pimode

US patent No 2,424,609 granted to Martin Friedmann, Jr. on June 29 1947, is probably the closest in terms of technical solution to the actually manufactured cantilever shoes.
Here is an excerpt from the patent: ”A still further object of the invention is the provision of such a shoe characterized by the omission of the conventional heel portion and the consequent wear incident thereto.

Friedmann's note is taken from the article "Tricks Of The Eye. Hell-less Or Cantilever Shoes" written by Nazim Mustafaev, Shoe Icons virtual museum founder, collector and publisher; well written and detailed, the article stands as the most complete and up to date study about such shoes (available at the always great Shoe Icons website).


Tricks Of The Eye


Footnotes/Required Readings

Tricks Of The Eye
by Nazin Mustafaev (Shoe Icons)

The [Short] Cantilever Heel | Part 1
Starring Manolo Blahnik And Natale Ferrario

HEELSTORY
Heel History In Pictures


1955 | Milady’s Boudoir
Drawing by EMSH (A.K.A. Ed Emshwiller | 1925-1990)
Source: Flaunt

EMSH drawing as seen in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, January 1955




 

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