As Seen In – Italian Mules, 1957

White leather and painted wood mule with wire cage heel with glass birds on swing. Labelled Creazioni Moriarty Anacapa, Italian, c. 1957

Mule by Moriarty Anacapa, Italian, c. 1957

I acquired the cage-heeled painted-wood and white leather Italian mule (one of a pair) for the Bata Shoe Museum while I was the curator at Bata in the 1990s. Inside the heel is a pair of glass lovebirds on a swing.

I had forgotten about them until Milo and Irma of The Historialist found a  similar pair being modelled in 1957 in a British Pathe newsreel entitled Shoes of Tomorrow.

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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2 Responses to As Seen In – Italian Mules, 1957

  1. Thomas says:

    First time I see the act doing the buttons on button up boots. Great that you also reminded me of this fabulous source of vintage clips: British Pathé !
    I don’t know if you knew their archive before but it is just breathtaking for vintage research. Here for example is one you might like too on the same subject shoes Type in your search words and browse around. But attention: Time will fly very fast browsing this archive… 😉

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