“I inherited 15,000 pairs of shoes when I started with Ferragamo,” said Paul Andrew, referencing the historic Italian house’s vast archive, during the brand’s Resort 2018 presentation yesterday. “I have to say, as a shoe designer, I feel like the luckiest guy alive.”
Andrew, who was appointed as Ferragamo’s footwear design director in September of last year, decided to share the wealth—kind of. He had two of Salvatore Ferragamo’s most iconic styles—the patented “F” Heel from 1947 and the 1939 “Flower” Heel—pulled out of the archive and brought to New York for the unveiling of his latest collection. Upon entering the sun-filled downtown show space, guests were confronted with four single shoes—the original styles from the archive, and the updated iterations that anchored the Resort 2018 outing. Shown in gold, the new silhouettes were a little sleeker—and significantly taller—than their predecessors, but, to be fair, the archival sandals blended right in, looking just as modern today as they did 70 some odd years ago.