1950 | DELMAN | DIGGING GOLD & DIRT

1950 | Delman
Gold sandal | Detail
Source: LIFE magazine

… gold sandals whose soles are molded of one piece of leather that hugs the instep and toes without covering them. (Delman, $38.95)
Source: LIFE | December 11, 1950 


December 11, 1950
From: Gold-Plated Fashions
LIFE magazine

24-CARAT cocktail costume (Toni Owen; top $30, skirt $45) is worn with jeweled coil necklace, bracelet (Trifari; $35 and $25)
Source: LIFE | December 11, 1950

No actual shoe can be found, all the same, a gold sandal from the MET collection (time frame 1940 - 49) fits the above description and it might be from the very same collection.


1940 - 1949 | Delman De Luxe sandal
Leather, silk | Gift of Herman Delman
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art


1933 | DELMAN SHOES by Margaret Bourke-White

1934 | ERTÉ [ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF] FOR DELMAN'S SHOES | MET, NY

1960 | THE HEEL ACCORDING TO DELMAN


FOOTNOTE

The "one piece of leather sandal" seems a novel idea but it was featured in the Summer 1948 in the Italian magazine URIC although the maker remained unknown (All the details here). And lest we forget Armenian master Sarkis Der Balian: the Musée de la Chaussure (Romans sur Isère) dates his "single piece of leather sandal" 1950 - 1960  (much like MET's 1940 - 1949) - but they've been wrong before. Both museums.


1948 | Sandals with overturned sole
URIC magazine #77, Summer 1948

1950/1960 | Sarkis Der Balian
© Romans; Musée international de la Chaussure
© Direction des Musées de France, 2007 - Photograph: © Christophe Villard


 

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