There I was, Thursday afternoon, playing hide and seek in the city’s narrow cobbled streets when I stumbled upon it: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.
Anywhere in the world that has a shoe museum is like home to me, so I opened the door.
An 1840’s building, Palazzo Spini Feroni is the headquarters of Ferragamo’s company and has been the designer’s workshop since he bought the palace in 1938. The museum is situated in the underground floor and it showcases Ferragamo’s masterpieces from 1927 till his death in 1960 and other shoes produced under his label to the present day.
Salvatore Ferragamo was captivated with making shoes that were not only beautiful but comfortable too. He studied human anatomy and invented an internal support made of steel that would help width distributing the body’s weight over the arch of the foot. He also added the measurement of foot width which led to the creation of more than 70 shoe fit and size combinations we have available for men and women today.
Ferragamo’s designs displayed in the museum are breathtaking. All his extraordinary inventions are there for us to admire: the cork wedge, the stiletto with metal reinforcement, the gold sandals and the invisible sandals made with one continuos nylon thread.
Salvatore Ferragamo is not only a world-known fashion brand but a symbol of immense self belief, greatness and success.
The museum is open from 10 am to 7:30 pm everyday; except 1 January, 1 May, 15 August and 25 December.
Admission: €6. Children under ten years of age and adults over 65 enter free of charge.
Free entrance to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum every first Sunday of the month.
Audio guide service in Italian English French Spanish and Japanese.