Steven Arpad (1904–1999), a French shoe designer, experimented with traditional shoe style back in 1939 and came up with extremely out-of-the-box pieces. His shoes are featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (but apparently are not on display) and exist as some of the only records of his designs as he worked anonymously under various fashion houses. The shoes are fantastic, whimsical, and shocking coming from such a historical time as the first half of the 20th century. The message? Fashion designers have experimented with traditional lines for hundreds of years, but always base themselves on the idea of “newness” and novelty, but these shoes show that not everything is new. Designers experiment and produce (hopefully) new and great results. Browse the museum’s collection of Steven Arpad’s shoes here: Metropolitan Museum of Art – Steven Arpad. I’ve included a few I find most interesting below:

Steven Arpad 1939

Steven Arpad 1939

Steven Arpad 1939

Steven Arpad 1939


About littleswissyarns

Hey I'm Jennifer. I'm a traveler, an artist, specifically fiber, a student, a fashion/color enthusiast, and, sadly for you, a rambler. :) This is just me shouting out to the world amongst a whole lot of other noise...

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