Salvatore Ferragamo – World Renowned Italian Shoe Designer

Born on June 5, 1898 in the city of Bonito in Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo was famous for making and designing shoes for the celebrity during the 1920s before founding its successful company - the Ferragamo Company. He was best known for introducing innovative shoe designs and was the one responsible for creating cage heel and wedge heel in the shoe industry.

Ferragamo was the eleventh child among the brood of 14. At an early age of nine, he made first pair shoes that he has given to his sisters. It was then that the young Ferragamo realized his calling, which was creating and designing shoes. He studied shoe making for one year in the city of Naples then afterwards opened his first small store in his own parent's home. He moved to Boston in 1914 and worked for a shoe factory there.

He and his brothers then moved to California where Ferragamo had tasted his first success in shoemaking. They first lived in Santa Barbara then moved to Hollywood where he opened his shop for repairing and making made-to-order shoes. He soon catered for making shoes for famous celebrities and his creations became prized items. He was even nicknamed "Shoemaker to the Stars," a title which satisfied him just a little for he had always wondered why his shoes were so pleasing for the eyes yet did not offer comfort to its wearers. To find a solution to this dilemma, he attended the University of Southern California to study human anatomy.

In 1927, he moved back to Italy, founded his own company - Ferragamo, and continued making shoes for famous people such as Eva Peron, Maharani of Cooch Behar, and Marilyn Monroe. He died on August 7, 1960 but his company continues to produce high end shoes and bags, eyewear, perfumes, watches, ready-to-wear clothes, and silk accessories up until today.

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