Italian Wedge Platforms

Luigi Bufarini Calzature di Lussolate 1930s

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto
Toronto, Canada

The wedge was invented in the 1930s by Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo. In short order it swept the fashion world and many designers started to copy his designs. This pair of women’s wedge-heeled platforms was made by Luigi Bufarini Calzature di Lusso. The upturned toe and dripping gold kid applique leather is suggestive of exotic excess and in keeping with the larger fashion trends at the end of the decade.


  • Title: Italian Wedge Platforms
  • Creator: Luigi Bufarini Calzature di Lusso
  • Date Created: late 1930s
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 20.3 cm Width: 7.5 cm Height: 10.4 cm
  • Subject Keywords: wedge shoes, wedges, 20th century fashion
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum Toronto Canada (photo: Suzanne Petersen)
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Kid leather, leather

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