Pretend we’re sitting around a circle, partaking in the sometimes-awkward game where everyone has to share a fun fact about themselves. Our turn is approaching. We’re sweating, struggling to think of something to say that’s at least mildly interesting. Suddenly, we remember something cool that for some reason often slips our memory. When our turn approaches, we proudly say:
“One of our shoes was inducted into a prestigious museum.”
Gasps sound around the circle, followed by curious looks. After a moment, we begin to explain.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute maintains a Landmark Shoe Collection filled with shoes that have changed history. In it, you’ll find gorgeous works of art by legendary shoe designers: the first platform shoe crafted by legend Salvatore Ferragamo, turquoise evening shoes embellished with turquoise stones by Roger Vivier, and purple silk evening heels adorned with a silk bow by Christian Dior.
Looking through the archives is also a history lesson; we can see the world progress through changing fashions. Find shapeless leather shoes that look more like leather socks than shoes, which were worn by stylish men in 16th century Britain. Scroll a few pages more and you’ll find images of silk shoes worn by brides in China in the 19th century. The Costume Institute’s Landmark Shoe Collection has an impressive assortment of shoes collected shoes from across the world, and across centuries.
You’ll also see our AVA wedge. AVA is our signature platform sandal with crisscrossing leather straps, dubbed the “buffalo sandal” back in the seventies.
Yup. There’s our girl! In 1973, AVA was inducted into the Landmark Shoe Collection. It was and still is an iconic silhouette. The wedge was worn by both men and women who couldn’t avoid their love for disco taking over their wardrobe. The shoe is just as relevant today as it was during the height of disco fever. Women who wore our wedge back then danced their way into Studio 54 in eclectic outfits. Today, our timeless wedge blends with women who have that same spirit, and original style.
We’re honored to be included in a collection that spans cultures, countries and centuries. Unfortunately, AVA isn’t currently on view. Fortunately, you can shop that wedge on our website right now.
The difference in color between the style in 1973 and the style today is due to the leather’s ability to patina. Over time, when exposed to light, whether daylight or bulbs from your office, the leather’s light cream color deepens to a rich sand tan. The leather softens, and becomes more pliable.
Shop the iconic AVA here. Available in whole sizes only.