Patent Fashions – Perugia’s cut-out wedge D119397

Perugia patent for hollowed out wedge heel, 1940

White patent leather faux croc vamp with gold wedge heel, c. 1965

Andre Perugia is unquestionably the most inventive shoe designer of the 20th century. His 3 1/2 year design patent for a novelty wedge shoe was granted in 1940. The actual shoe shown here is from about 25 years later and not by Perugia, but it uses the same design idea for the heel.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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