Salvador Ferragamo vintage boots

My Grandma’s Boots

Written by Becky


I had a request to tell about my boots from the picture in the previous post, so I thought I would give you a little background. My grandmother, wife of a Texas oil man, loved shoes. I was lucky enough to inherit many of her shoes in her collection when she passed away. She had an extra thin foot so she only ordered or bought shoes from the best designers. Italian, French, or whatever top quality shoe was out there she found it, high heals and boots mainly. I think she wore heals until the day she died.

These specific boots are Salvador Ferragamo, a Florentine and Italian shoe designer. He apparently made the best fitting shoes because my grandmother had several of his designs. He was very popular in the 1920’s and even created hand made shoes for may Hollywood stars. Being an innovator, he created the wedge and cage heel. He made his first pair of shoes at the age of 9!

I’m sure these specific boots have a story of their own. Maybe bought in Italy or special ordered by her lavish husband. I’m not sure, but I am thankful because I could never afford such a beautiful pair of boots.

Many of my grandmothers boots and shoes came with accessories- the boots come with inserts to hold their shape, and the heels come with handmade booties to cover them while they are not being worn. The red inserts make me laugh but they serve their purpose.

Comments (10)

  1. Absolutely beautiful – the story and the boots! I'm sure you get a wonderful warm feeling every time you wear a pair of your Grandmother's shoes – truly classic!

  2. That is just beyond cool. Your grandmother sounds so fabulous! A little bummed I can't just hop online and pick myself up a pair, but what a wonderful story. Thanks for indulging me! 🙂

  3. what a fun memory of your grandma every time you wear those great boots! i have heard of this designer!..they have a store in dallas. i am sure in other places too. loved that little story!!

  4. I love those boots! I used to wear the black ones in college, but I always had to leave them partially unzipped at the top because my calves were too big. The boots look fantastic on you in that picture!

  5. What a sweet thing to be wearing something so cool that is your very own Grandma's! Please forgive me if I start noticing what's on your feet from now on– great story!

  6. Ferragamo's shoe legacy still lives on, but I wonder if the designs today are as innovative. I had no idea the company was so old.

  7. Ah, fashion stories are so wonderful! Especially passed down from stylish relatives – you are so lucky to have such a fashionable heirloom, and have them fit too! woot!

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