Getting a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes is mostly a tribute to a designer I admire and a tad bit of getting a great deal on them. Ferrragamo was shoemaker to the stars and struck a lovely balance of creative to classic designs that actually took into account the anatomy of a foot. His family has carried on the label but most of the current designs tend to be “safe”--no longer pushing the envelope of design and creative use of non-traditional materials that made Salvatore an enigma in the shoe industry. These sneakers carry the famous name and do offer a bit of glitz and attitude for an otherwise simple design.
My friend and proprietor of a charming consignment boutique called Holly Go Lightly has been keeping an eye out for the right pair of Ferragamo's in size 8 for muh-wah (Thank you K.B.) He was as tickled as I was to find that these lil' numbers fit my feet beautifully. They have a lace-to-toe design that makes them very adjustable for my low-volume feet. They also have removable footbeds should I wish to add a pair of Superfeet insoles. I can't help but give them a smile and a wink when I look down and see them adding some sass to my ensemble. I mostly pair them with jeans or crisp black slacks to set off their white patent, black suede and bronze leather detailing. They are still made in Florence Italy and the leather does have a lovely feel.
If you wear a size 8 and happen to live in Northern California—get your butt into Holly Go Lightly as there are still some Ferragamo gems to be had. Otherwise you can visit ferragamo.com or zappos.com to check out the latest styles and head your favorite consignment shoppes for styles gone by.
Whether you are a shoe collector, designer label wench, or Italian shoe fan you must have a pair of Ferragamo's and I am thrilled to finally have mine!