Sometime last week for my fashion illustration class we took a little field trip to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum here in Florence. Actually, I live maybe a 2 minute walk from here! As a lover of shoes the visit was very enjoyable, but my favorite part was seeing the wooden shoe lasts which were used to make shoes for a specific person...including my favorite actress Audrey Hepburn! I was able to snap a few pictures before I found out no pictures are technically allowed...so you better enjoy seeing these! There are also lasts from other actresses and famous names of the mid 20th century.
The last photo is a shoe from the 1930's which is made of embroidered raffia on the top section (raffia is like a palm-tree-like plant). This material became a good substitute for more expensive materials during the Great Depression and War times.