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Beth Levine

November 8, 2010

It’s impossible to discuss the history of women’s shoes without mentioning the iconic footwear designer, Beth Levine. Known as the “First Lady of Shoe Designs”, Beth Levine’s shoes were unconventional in their concept, structure and materials featuring everything from “The Stocking Boot” which was essentially a stocking with a heel attached to the bottom (see below) or the “Race Car Shoe” (above). Some of her biggest achievements include re-introducing the boot into women’s fashion, inventing the mule which is now quite the popular shoe design, and having her boots worn in Nancy Sinatra’s infamous video “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’“.

While I can’t say that her designs are ones I’d personally like to wear on my feet, her creations definitely opened the door for designers to get more interesting in their concepts and overall production. Then again, she’s best known for her creations between the 1950s and 1970s so perhaps if she were still alive and designing today I would be much more interested in wearing her products. But regardless, her designs are awesome and definitely worth checking out and if you happen to live in Bellevue, WA be sure to go to the Bellevue Arts Museum in February to see over 100 pairs of her shoes on display.

Left: Stocking Boot; Right: Butterfly Boot •

Nancy Sinatra “These Boots are Made for Walkin'” •

Left: Tuxedo Pump; Right: All-American Shoe •

Kabuki Pump •

Paper Mules •

all photos via google image search
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  1. A.D. permalink
    November 8, 2010 6:29 am

    Thank you 😉

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